Why are Primary (Baby) Teeth Important?

It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth.  Cavities that have been neglected can and frequently do lead to problems, which affect developing permanent teeth.  Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for:

  1. Proper chewing
  2. Providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position
  3. Permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles.

Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.