Are Baby Teeth Important?
Some parents still consider baby teeth less important than permanent teeth because they fall out and are replaced by the permanent teeth. However, besides their obvious importance for eating, speech, and appearance, healthy baby teeth are essential for guiding permanent teeth into place. Permanent teeth develop under the baby teeth and are guided into their position by the baby teeth.
Early neglect of baby teeth can result in a number of problems. Tooth decay in a young child can quickly lead to pain and infection, and because of their young age, dental restorative treatment can be difficult.
Early loss of primary teeth due to severe tooth decay causes the guide ...