Treating Early Childhood Caries Under General Anesthesia

One of the most telling signs of the oral health status of children is the demand for dental surgery to treat severe cases of early childhood caries (ECC).

By definition, children under 6 years of age are considered to have ECC if they have experienced any past or current decay involving the primary teeth.

In some children, ECC may involve only a single tooth; in others, multiple teeth may be affected by caries.

The complexity of treatment required to rehabilitate the dentition of those with severe ECC, along with their young age, often warrants the use of general anesthesia.

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Rates of dental surgery to treat caries under general anesthesia can serve as an indicator for monitoring and benchmarking population health.

Dental surgery data can provide information on the volume of surgeries, socioeconomic distribution and regional trends.


Canadian Dental Association
Robert J. Schroth, DMD, MSc, PhD / Carlos Quiñonez, DMD, MSc, PhD / Luke Shwart, DMD, MBA; Brandon Wagar, PhD

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