Baby (Primary) Teeth

Many people think that baby teeth don’t matter because they will eventually fall out. The truth is that they DO matter; they are just as prone to cavities as adult teeth. It is very important to maintain the health of these teeth as untreated cavities can affect a child’s physical, social and emotional development.

Why they are important:
Help with proper chewing and eating (which leads to good nutrition)
Aid in speech development
Hold space for the adult (permanent) teeth and help to guide them into their correct position.

Consequences of untreated cavities in baby teeth:
Pain and discomfort
Higher risk of cavities in adult teeth
Greater number of hospitalization and Emergency Room visits
More complicated and expensive treatment
Problems with eating due to dental pain (can lead to insufficient physical development)
Loss of school days due to dental pain
Diminished school performance due to dental pain
Eruption of your child’s teeth
Diminished school performance due to dental pain

Eruption of your child’s teeth