What is ECC?
If a child goes to bed with a bottle
of juice, milk, or formula, there is a chance that their teeth can decay.
That's called Early Childhood Caries (ECC). It can be very painful and
sometimes surgery is needed to fix the harm caused by ECC. Your child can get the germs that cause tooth
decay or gum disease from anyone who has these problems.
How can I keep my baby safe from
- Wipe your baby's gums and teeth with
a soft damp cloth after feeding, before bedtime, and at naptime.
- Don't let your child take formula,
milk, juice, sugar-water, or food to bed.
- If your child must take a bottle to
bed, fill it only with water. Water can't harm teeth the way other drinks and
You and your dentist: partners to
protect your child.
Gently lift your child's upper lip
and look for white or dark spots on their teeth. If you see these spots on
their teeth, make an appointment with your child's dentist right away. If your child does not have a
dentist, ask your doctor for the name of a dentist who will see young children.
If your child has Medicaid, call
Texas Health Steps at 1-877-847-8377 (1-877-THSTEPS).
If your child does not have
Medicaid, call 2-1-1 to get help finding a dentist.
If you have dental insurance for
your child, call your insurance company.