Does it really matter if baby teeth develop cavities, since these teeth are going to be replaced eventually anyway?

Baby teeth are important for eating, aesthetics and guiding the permanent teeth into the correct position, so it's important to look after them. By treating small cavities before they get bigger, your child will not have to suffer unnecessary toothache or risk having to have the tooth extracted. This can be upsetting for both the child and parent. The front baby teeth are lost at around six to seven years but the back molars are not lost until ten or eleven years of age. The early loss of a back tooth can cause crowding of permanent teeth, which may need to be corrected later with orthodontic braces. The other reason for treating cavities in baby teeth is that germs present inside the cavities can spread to healthy teeth - especially new erupting permanent teeth. This leads to more decay in these teeth.

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