I have had many parents ask me why it is so important to take care of their children’s teeth when they are “just” baby teeth that they are going to lose anyway. The answer is simple - it is important because they are more than just baby teeth.
Primary, or baby teeth, act as “space holders” for the permanent adult teeth when they are ready to come in. If the baby teeth are broken down or removed before the adult tooth naturally erupts the remaining teeth can drift into the open space preventing the adult tooth from coming in. It is also important to know that some of the baby teeth, the back molars for example, will be in a child’s mouth until they are 12-14 years old.