Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is a chronic and infectious oral disease of young children, most commonly seen in poor and minority populations.
The American Dental Association (ADA) defines ECC as “the presence of one or more decayed (non-cavitated or cavitated lesions), missing (due to caries) or filled tooth surfaces in any primary tooth in a preschool-age child between birth and 71 months of age”. Continue reading →
Pediatric dentistry is a specialized field of dentistry that is focused on treatment and oral health care for children. A normal dentist is fully trained and capable of treating a child, however, in special cases like children with special diseases or disorders, they might need help from a pedodontist i.e. a dentist who specializes in pediatric dentistry. Furthermore, if it is necessary to carry out complex procedures such as sedation and general anesthesia while treating a child, it is best to be done by a pedodontist instead of a general practitioner, as the pedodontist will have more detail knowledge and experience. Continue reading →
Children start to have their first tooth at the age of six months. It is this crucial period that parents or guardians need to watch out a few matters pertaining to children’s dental health. Pediatric dentistry refers to dental matters on children. The most common problem in pediatric dentistry is dental caries or tooth decay. Continue reading →