Why are baby teeth (or “primary” teeth) so important?

Healthy primary teeth are important for many reasons:

  • They facilitate proper chewing, enabling good nutrition. Research shows that children with numerous cavities are often underweight because eating begins to hurt. As a result, they limit food choices, disrupting proper nutrition.
  • Untreated tooth decay can result in pain, facial swelling, dental abscess, and tooth loss.
  • Children learn to talk using their primary dentition. Research shows that, because most speech skills are already formed by the age of seven, children who lose their primary front teeth too early often need speech therapy.
  • Brown or missing teeth often affect the development of self-esteem. A beautiful smile enhances self confidence regardless of age.