Primary teeth, also called baby teeth, are important to your child’s future dental health. There are three main reasons why primary teeth are so important.
- They help with proper chewing and eating. During the chewing process, food is broken down into small pieces that are easily digested. If your child has pain because of cavities or sore gums, they may not eat or they may chew incorrectly.
- They are necessary for your child to learn to speak. When primary teeth are healthy, well spaced, and aligned, your child is better able to form words and speak clearly.
- They aid in the normal development of the jaw bones and muscles by saving space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into position. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the teeth beside it may tilt, causing permanent teeth to come in crooked.
A child who can chew easily, speak clearly and smile confidently is a happier child. In addition, your child’s general health can be affected if diseased baby teeth are not treated.