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Why Baby Teeth Matter

November 17th, 2015 | By: Nancy Ripton
Healthy baby teeth set your child up for a lifetime of excellent oral health

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Why Baby Teeth Matter

You shouldn’t overlook the importance of your child’s baby teeth just because she’ll eventually get a new set. “Baby teeth are crucial space maintainers that ensure adult teeth will grow in properly,” says Dr. Tarra Elliot. They also help your child speak clearly, eat well and help with the growth of the jawbone and surrounding muscles. Here’s how to take care of your child’s teeth, setting her up for a lifetime of good oral health.

Teething Firsts

Most babies get their first tooth around six months of age and will have all 20 of their baby teeth by age three, however exact times can vary – some children are even born with a tooth.

Your child will start to lose their baby teeth around the age six, getting their first adult tooth around the same time.