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Early Childhood Tooth Decay (Baby Bottle Tooth Decay)

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Early Childhood Caries is an infectious disease defined 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. The Association recognizes that early childhood caries is a significant public health problem in selected populations and is also found throughout the general population. Although dental caries has declined significantly among school-aged children since the early 1970s, dental caries has remained the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. For 2–4 year-olds, prevalence of dental caries in primary teeth has increased from approximately 18% to 24% between 1988–1994 and 1999–2004.

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ADA News

Curbing caries, boosting access goals of IHS initiative (01/26/2010)
Seeking a solution (01/25/2010)
ADA, ADAF join with AAP to train pediatricians as oral health advocates (12/16/2009)
Evidence indicates sealants improve children's oral health (11/03/2009)
Focus on the dental home (08/27/2009)
Wisconsin Dental Association produces dental home DVD (08/21/2009)
ADA urges boost to IHS dental care (03/26/2009).
February JADA looks at restorations in children (02/03/2009)
Making dental-medical history (02/04/2009)
AAPD/Head Start initiative kicks off in six states (09/16/2008)
New infant dental clinic experience for UIC College of Dentistry students (07/21/2008)
American Indian/Alaska Native outreach grows (03/17/2008)
Summit participants address American Indian/Alaska Native oral health issues (03/17/2008)
AADR urges Congress to boost oral health research dollars (03/14/2008)

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Additional Resources

ADA Caries Risk Assessment Forms

Early Childhood Caries Symposium

ADA Positions and Statements

ADA Web Sites

Science in the News

Evidence-based Clinical Recommendations

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Related Web Sites

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Pediatrics

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

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