Early childhood caries ecc is a devastating form of dental decay with multi factorial origin the aim of this cross sectional study is to investigate the prevalence and related risk factors of ecc in preschool children of urban bangalore india. Early childhood caries ecc is major oral health problem mainly in socially disadvantaged populations ecc affect infants and preschool children worldwide the prevalence of ecc differs according to the group examined and a prevalence of up to 85 has been reported for disadvantaged groups. Early childhood caries is a significant public health problem due to its high prevalence in economically disadvantaged groups 1 factors such as consumption of sugary foods dental plaque accumulation and number of people in the household have been found to be associated with caries2 3. Conclusion early childhood caries is a multifactorial disease in which prolonged duration of breastfeeding nocturnal bottle feeding and use of cleaning methods other than fluoridated toothpaste are risk factors for ecc. The clinical environmental and behavioral factors that foster early childhood caries evidence for caries risk assessment pediatr dent 201537217 225 casamassimo ps thikkurissy s edelstein bl maiorini e beyond the dmft the human and economic cost of early childhood caries
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