Why are primary (baby) teeth so important?

Although they will eventually fall out to make room for the permanent teeth, primary (baby) teeth serve a variety of purposes. Primary teeth are important for:

  • Proper chewing and eating
  • Reserving space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position
  • Permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles
  • Development of speech


Neglected cavities in the primary teeth can cause sensitivity, pain, and potentially even infection. They can also directly affect the development of your child’s permanent teeth.