The Importance of Baby Teeth

Many parents overlook the importance of their child’s teeth, especially their baby teeth (also called primary teeth). Some parents do not realize teeth serve functions other than biting and chewing.

Your baby’s teeth perform the following functions:

  • Help provide nutrition
  • Help make speech possible
  • Aid in the normal development of the jaw bones and facial muscles
  • Add to attractive appearance
  • Reserve space for the permanent teeth and help guide them into position

In the chart below, you can see the approximate ages when primary teeth should erupt and also when they should loosen. Healthy habits start early. The responsibility to provide care to these primary teeth will, in many ways, help the child develop good oral hygiene practices in the future.

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