Dental caries (decay) is an international public health challenge, especially amongst young children.
Early childhood caries (ECC) is a serious public health problem in both developing and industrialized countries.
ECC can begin early in life, progresses rapidly in those who are at high risk, and often goes untreated.
Its consequences can affect the immediate and long-term quality of life of the child's family and can have significant social and economic consequences beyond the immediate family as well.
ECC can be a particularly virulent form of caries, beginning soon after dental eruption, developing on smooth surfaces, progressing rapidly, and having a lasting detrimental impact on the dentition.
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