FAQs Baby Teeth

Why are Baby Teeth Important?

Your child’s baby teeth serve a number of functions for your growing child. The baby teeth promote the growth and development of the facial structures, assist in nutrition (proper chewing and eating), speech and appearance, as well as provide space and guidance for developing permanent teeth.

The anterior or front baby teeth are usually lost between 5 and 7 years of age; however, the posterior or back baby teeth are not lost until ages 10 to 13. If a cavity is left untreated in a baby tooth it can spread to additional baby teeth as well as the newly developing permanent tooth. At times, if the decay is great enough, severe infection of the face, head and neck can occur. Maintaining a clean mouth and addressing cavities in the baby teeth will give the incoming permanent teeth the best chance for being healthy and strong.

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