4. Why are baby teeth important if they are going to fall out anyway?

It is important that primary or “baby teeth” are kept until they are lost naturally. Strong healthy primary teeth help the child chew food easily, speak clearly and guide the eruption of the permanent teeth. They also give his or her face shape and form and help your child feel good about the way he or she looks and smiles. Many primary teeth are not lost until 12 or 13 years of age. Therefore, proper care is of the utmost importance. Neglect of the primary teeth can lead to decay or cavities which can result in severe pain and serious infection to the gums and jaws, damage to the underlying permanent teeth and poor general health of the child.