While it's true that baby teeth are only in the mouth for a short period of time, they play a vital role. According to the American Dental Association, it is extremely important to keep primary (baby) teeth in place until they are lost naturally.
The primary teeth are important because they help with proper chewing and eating and help in speech development. A child who can chew easily, speak clearly, and smile confidently is a happier child. They also help to give your child an attractive appearance and adorable smile.
Healthy primary teeth allow normal development of bones and jaw muscles, save space for permanent teeth and ensure alignment of permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, permanent teeth may come in crooked. Decayed baby teeth can cause pain, abscesses, infections and can spread to the permanent teeth. Also, your childís general health can be affected if diseased baby teeth arenít treated. If your child has lost a baby tooth early, it is important to schedule an appointment.