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Why are baby teeth so Important?

Many people wonder about the importance of baby teeth because they will be lost during childhood and replaced by permanent teeth. But it is imperative to keep these first teeth healthy.

Baby teeth, which are also called primary teeth, are significant for a number of reasons:

  1. They enable a child to chew and eat properly.
  2. They provide spacing and guidance for the permanent teeth to erupt properly.
  3. They permit development of the bones and muscles of the jaw.
  4. They impact speech development.
  5. They help provide an attractive appearance, which in turn helps your child gain self-confidence.

Although they begin forming before birth, your child’s first teeth will usually erupt sometime between the ages of six months and one year. The lower central incisors are the first to come in.

Most children will have all 20 of their primary teeth by the age of three. Although the front teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth around the age of six or seven, children will keep their back teeth until they reach adolescence—sometime between 10 and 13 years of age.