Dental caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood.
Caries destroy tooth structure leading to infection, pain, and loss of chewing function.
Early Childhood Caries is an aggressive form of dental caries in children five years of age and younger (birth to 71 months of age).
Policy on Early Childhood Caries (ECC): Classifications, Consequences, and Preventive Strategies. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Clinical Affairs. 2016. 59-61.