Although they don’t last as long as permanent teeth, your youngster’s first teeth play an important role in development. While they’re in place, primary teeth help children speak, smile, and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth.
If a child loses a tooth too early (due to damage or decay), nearby teeth may encroach on the space, which can result in crooked or misplaced permanent teeth. Also, your son or daughter’s general health is affected by the oral health of the teeth and gums.