Early childhood caries in Tirana, Albania

J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2021 May-Jun;35(3 Suppl. 1):228. doi: 10.23812/21-3supp1-26.


Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is a destructive form of caries that affects the temporary teeth and may be present in children of very young age as early as teeth erupt. The distinctive characteristic of caries in this age is that it affects initially a limited number of teeth which if not treated in time spread rapidly across all deciduous teeth. The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence and severity of early childhood caries in children 3-5 years old in the public kindergartens in Tirana.

Keywords: Care Index; Deft Index; Early Childhood Caries; Pediatric Dentistry; Survey.

MeSH terms

  • Albania
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dental Caries Susceptibility*
  • Dental Caries* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Prevalence