Your child’s first teeth won’t be there forever, but that doesn’t mean that those teeth should not be conscientiously cared for. Correctly taking care and maintaining the dental health of your child will reap health benefits that will last well into childhood, as baby teeth are needed for some vital functions.
Primary or baby teeth will serve as a guide for the growth of permanent or adult teeth, as they will hold the space into which the adult teeth will grow. The tops or crowns of the adult teeth will push the roots of the primary teeth, which will cause them to melt away or reabsorb. This way, the permanent teeth can take their correct place in the mouth.
Another important thing is that the baby teeth of your child will be there for the majority of their early years, helping them to chew, speak, and bite. For the first few years of their life, your child will exclusively rely on these primary teeth to perform these functions. Your child will have a mix of primary and permanent teeth until the early teenage years, so you want to ensure that they lose those teeth naturally and they stay healthy until the body believes it’s time to replace them.