Learn About the Importance
of Children’s Teeth
It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can, and frequently do, lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth (baby teeth) are important for the following:
Proper chewing and eating
Providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position
Permitting normal developmental of the jaw bones and muscles
Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While our front four teeth last until 6–7 years of age, the back teeth aren’t replaced until age 10–13.
Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary (or baby) teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies.