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Early Childhood Tooth Decay (ECTD)

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Early Childhood Tooth Decay (ECTD)

What is it?
∙ A rapid form of tooth decay that affects new baby teeth and requires immediate treatment
∙ Upper front teeth are usually the first teeth to show signs of decay

Who does it affect?
∙ Toddlers/Preschoolers ages 1 – 4

What is the cause?
∙ Prolonged and frequent feeding times
∙ Hidden sugars in formula, breast and cow’s milk, fruit juices, sweetened drinks
∙ Baby taking a bottle or sippy cup with any of the aboveliquids to bed

What are the consequences?
∙ If left untreated, decay can spread to every tooth in the mouth
∙ Treatment is costly and difficult
∙ Adult teeth may become affected
∙ May result in the need for braces

How is it prevented?
∙ Regular cleaning of baby’s mouth and teeth with a washcloth or small piece of gauze
∙ Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle/sippy cup. Comfort bottles/sippy cups taken to bed should contain only water

What if I think my child has ECTD?
∙ Take your child to a dentist
∙ If you cannot afford a dental visit, call or visit to see if your child can get treatment at no cost to you

Community Dental Health Centre
Peterborough Square
360 George Street, N.
Phone: 705-748-2230
Text: 705-868-5171


Last modified on Sep 12, 2017