Why are Primary Teeth So Important?

Though primary teeth are not permanent, caring for them properly is still extremely important. If neglected they can become infected, possibly leading to damage of the developing permanent teeth. Primaries are needed to chew, maintain space for permanent teeth, and allow for normal growth and development of the jaw.

Primary teeth also contribute to the development of speech habits, and of course healthy primary teeth make for a great smile. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.

And Kids, Remember - the Tooth Fairy only takes baby teeth for credit. She gets upset when she finds permanent teeth under your pillow!