Why milk teeth are important
Although most milk teeth will eventually drop and be replaced by adult teeth over the ages of seven to 13, they are still essential to your child’s health and well being.
Not only do milk teeth give your child a pretty smile, they are important for function (biting and chewing), speech, growth and development of adult teeth, says Dr Bien Lai of the National Dental Centre Singapore.
“If the child has severe tooth decay at two years old, it is unlikely that she can wait for all the milk teeth to drop without any dental treatment,” she adds.
“It is important to have good oral health from young so that your child will not suffer from tooth pain and infection, and the good habits can carry on to adulthood.”