Why Baby Teeth Matter

Learn More About 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.


Patient resources

  • Something to smile about
    The Wisconsin Division of Public Health provides tips for how to give your child a healthy smile.
  • How to prevent early childhood cavities
    Baby tooth decay is a serious, infectious and transmissible disease that can spread quickly and lead to infection without proper precautions. Early childhood caries (cavities) are preventable.