Early Childhood Caries

  • Soraya Coelho Leal
  • Eliana Mitsue Takeshita


Early childhood caries (ECC) is a public health problem affecting young children all over the world. It is the most common reason for children hospitalisation due to oral health problems. Moreover, ECC has a negative impact on child’s quality of life, and in severer cases (sECC), it may cause difficulties in mastication, loss of appetite and weight, irritability, difficulties in sleeping, low self-esteem and poor school performance. The clinical management of ECC is complex and costly. Therefore, all efforts should be made to prevent the occurrence of the disease or to control its progression when the first signs are detected.


Early childhood caries Child Dental caries Prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soraya Coelho Leal
    • 1
  • Eliana Mitsue Takeshita
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Health ScienceUniversity of BrasiliaBrasíliaBrazil

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