Early Caries - Major Findings

  • Figure five: Child aged 3 to 5 years  
    • Discoloration of enamel near gums
    • Darker stained areas combined with rough chalkiness on tooth surface
  • Figure six: Child aged 2 to 4 years
    • Discoloration of enamel near gum line
    • Areas of rough chalkiness
  • Figure seven: Cartoon photo of both arches
    • This stage, called the “White Spots” stage, can be reversed.

Early Caries - Counseling for ECC

Health professionals should discuss with caregivers:

  1. Referral to a dentist while treatment can be simple, such as fluoride varnish
  2. Reduce sugar content and carbonated drinks in the diet
  3. Discontinue bottles and/or sippy cups
  4. Regular tooth brushing with fluoridated toothpaste twice daily