But Aren’t They Just Baby Teeth?
The truth is they are baby teeth, but they are not “Just” baby teeth (or practice teeth as I have also heard them called). It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and do frequently lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Dental caries is the single most preventable disease affecting children today. It is four times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.
Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for proper chewing and eating during the period of the greatest growth, provide space for the permanent teeth, guide them into the correct position, and permit 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. Early care is essential to achieve a lifetime of good dental health for your child.