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.