Why are primary teeth so important?

Primary teeth are very important because they can still get cavities if neglected.  These cavities can affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth (baby teeth) are important because:

  • they are how your child will learn to chew and eat.
  • they providing space for the permanent teeth and guide them into the correct position
  • they permit normal development of the jaw bones and muscles
  • they are instrumental in the development of speech
  • they contribute to a child’s appearance

While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.

Eruption of your child’s teeth

Children’s teeth are forming before birth. As early as 4 months of age,

the first baby teeth begin to erupt through the gums. These are the lower central incisors,

followed closely by the upper central incisors. All 20 primary teeth should usually appear by age 3,

but the pace and order of their eruption varies, depending on the child.

Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors.

This process continues until approximately age 21 years of age.

Adults can have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including the third molars (or wisdom teeth),

depending on their history (teeth extraction/ trauma etc.).

Primary Teeth