Importance of Primary Teeth

Why Are The Primary Teeth Important?

Primary teeth are not “just baby teeth.” Neglected primary teeth increase cavity risk which often leads to problems with developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth are important to:

  • Allow for proper chewing and eating
  • Hold space for permanent teeth as they move into the correct position
  • Permit normal development of the jaw bones and muscles
  • Aid in the development of speech
  • Add to an attractive appearance

While front teeth last until 6-8 years of age, back teeth (canines and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-12. In other words, kids need their primary teeth for a long time.

Importance of Primary Teeth

  • Efficient mastication of food
  • Maintenance of a normal face appearance (aesthetics)
  • Formulation of clear speech (phonetics)
  • Prevent malocclusion
  • Guide the eruption of permanent teeth and maintain of space and arch continuity for the emergence of permanent teeth

First Visit Mom & Dad, start early.

As soon as your baby is born, gently clean your baby’s gums after each feedings with a soft, damp washcloth. Make this a part of your routine and help your little ones build a lifetime of good oral habits.

Take your child to the dentist as soon as you welcome your baby’s first milk tooth or by his or her first birthday. This way, your child’s dentist gets a better chance of preventing any dental problems.

Morning appointments are best for your child’s first visit. Coming from a good night’s sleep, your child is more rested and much more cooperative in the morning. Also, morning appointments will not pose conflicts on your child’s mealtimes or naps.

Children who enjoy their first trip to their dentists suggest a promising attitude towards their dental care, health and habits.


  • You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive.
  • It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “shot”, “pull”, “drill” or “hurt”. We make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
  • We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination and strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!


  • A visual exam of the mouth, face, jaw, and neck
  • Digital diagnostics
  • Professional cleaning and polishing of teeth
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