Baby Teeth Matter

The importance of healthy baby teeth: Why ‘Baby Teeth Matter’

Many people think baby teeth don’t matter because they’ll eventually fall out. The truth is baby teeth do matter. Primary, or baby teeth, are very important to a child’s early physical, social and emotional development.

Healthy baby teeth:

  • Foster good nutrition through proper chewing
  • Aid in speech development
  • Build self-esteem by providing a beautiful smile
  • Enable a child to pay attention and learn in school without the distraction of dental pain
  • Save space in the jaw that is needed for proper development of adult (permanent) teeth

The WDA “Baby Teeth Matter” message promotes the importance of good oral health during a child’s early years. It also reminds the general public of oral health’s importance to overall well-being.

Brush and floss chart





Brush and floss chart – download PDF



Image of Primary (Baby) Tooth Development and Eruption

Tooth eruption chart- download PDF