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A child’s teeth will usually poke through the gums for the first time around six or seven months of age. These small baby teeth will fall out and will later be replaced by permanent adult teeth.  This process starts around the age of six and continues through adolescence.  Yes, baby teeth fall out, but this does not mean they are insignificant.

Why is it important to care for my young child’s teeth?

Spacing

Baby teeth, or primary teeth, serve as space maintainers for the larger permanent teeth. These small teeth help to prevent overcrowding and misalignment before the adult teeth erupt.  If any of your child’s teeth come out too early, others may shift and cause permanent teeth to come in crooked.

Practice

Primary teeth should be cared for the same way as permanent adult teeth.  These small teeth can develop cavities and decay, so proper cleaning is important. Primary teeth are present early on in a child’s life. Teach children in early toddlerhood about consistent and correct tooth care.

Chewing

Babies learn to eat finger foods and table foods by using their primary teeth. As more teeth grow, children are able to chew a wider variety of foods. Your child’s teeth are necessary in the first several years of life so they can learn how to chew properly.

Speech

Your child’s teeth are important at an early age when they learn how to speak. Children who did not have a healthy set of baby teeth in place during the time they learned how to talk can have difficulty speaking clearly.

It may take around two years for all of your child’s teeth to come in, and the first loose tooth may happen between age five to seven. Parents should be vigilant in caring for their children’s gums and teeth from infancy. Children’s teeth do fall out eventually, but they serve an important purpose.