Beyond the dmft: the human and economic cost of early childhood caries.

  title={Beyond the dmft: the human and economic cost of early childhood caries.},
  author={Paul S. Casamassimo and Sarat Thikkurissy and Burton L. Edelstein and Elyse M. Maiorini},
  journal={Journal of the American Dental Association},
  volume={140 6},
BACKGROUND Early childhood caries (ECC) is the most common disease of childhood and often is accompanied by serious comorbidities affecting children, their families, the community and the health care system. This report describes morbidity and mortality associated with ECC and its treatment. METHODS The authors reviewed the literature for descriptions and quantification of morbidity associated with ECC and organized a wide range of studies into a visual model--the morbidity and mortality… CONTINUE READING
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