The Importance of Baby Teeth

The vast majority of parents seem to think that the primary teeth are not important. These so-called “baby teeth” are quite important and proper care is thus even more important for better dental health. Even though these teeth fall out, they play a critical role in the overall health of your little one nevertheless.

At-home dental care is important for baby teeth as much as it is for permanent teeth. More importantly, tooth decay can affect baby teeth as well and it generally happens without warning.

It is highly recommended that you go for professional exams and cleanups for baby teeth every six months and mandatorily at the age of one.


Primary or baby teeth are a set of temporary teeth. A full set often grows by age three. They are important for many reasons. A few of these reasons include:

  • Ensuring proper chewing which leads to good nutritional intake
  • Improving speech development
  • Paving the way for the permanent teeth to start developing when ready
  • Making sure that the child has a beautiful smile since childhood
  • Avoiding dental pain which would otherwise interfere with other aspects of the child’s life


It is important to note that although they are temporary, they are still teeth. They can decay and cavities can cause infections and pain in primary teeth as well.

The decay of baby teeth is transmissible and infectious. It is a serious concern and can spread quickly through the mouth. Precautions are very important in ensuring sufficient protection against dental complications.

Many components of the immune system have not developed fully in children and any kind of infection can be more serious than you expect.

Keeping healthy teeth and caring for teeth are both habits that you can get your children into gradually. And it all begins with caring for baby teeth.

Of course, the first step is teaching your kid to properly brush and floss their baby teeth. But checkups can be very vital in many cases, especially if your kid has a liking for sweet things.

Cavities, tooth decay, gum problems, bad mouth hygiene, etc. are only a few of the common baby teeth problems. Treat baby teeth just as permanent teeth and you will be in the clear.