Defining early childhood caries

childhood caries

The international dental community recently came together to draft and publish the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) Bangkok Declaration on Early Childhood Caries, which provides an internationally accepted definition of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) and proposes recommendations to prevent this disease worldwide. 

The purpose of the Declaration—recently published in Pediatric Dentistry and the Journal of Dentistry for Children—is to gain worldwide support for an evidence-based definition and a common understanding of the evidence around the aetiology, risk factors, and interventions to reduce ECC, as well as to mobilise collaborative approaches and policies to diminish this chronic disease.

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