Early Childhood Caries
Early Childhood Caries (ECC)
Parents/carers of infants should be particularly educated about the dangers of putting fruit juices and sugar-sweetened drinks into feeding bottles or reservoir feeders and giving these to the baby/toddler, especially when they are being put to bed. Such practices result in almost continuous bathing of the teeth with sugars and lead to severe and rapid tooth destruction – a condition described as Early Childhood Caries (ECC) and often referred to as “baby bottle decay”.
Any sign of tooth decay in a child under the age of 3 years is described as Severe Early Childhood Caries (S-ECC) and should be brought to the attention of a dentist.
- Do make sure that your child does not sleep with a bottle in his or her mouth.
- Do avoid all sugar-containing liquids in the nap or bedtime bottle.
- Do encourage drinking from a cup.
- Do discontinue bottle feeding by your child’s first birthday.
- Do avoid dipping a soother in sugar, honey or anything sweet before giving it to your child.
- Do encourage a varied diet in line with healthy eating recommendations.
"Children should be fed and put to bed - NOT, put to bed and fed"
This condition is preventable