Baby teeth should be treated just like permanent teeth. Not treating baby teeth because “They will fall out anyway!” can cause many problems in the long run.
Deciduous teeth are important because:
• They are important for proper nutrition. Children with decayed teeth have difficulty eating properly because of pain. This is also the case if deciduous teeth have to be extracted for any reason.
• Deciduous teeth are crucial for the development of the jaws. If baby teeth are extracted due to caries or periodontal disease, the jaw may start to shrink and look old.
• Teeth are required for talking. Lacking frontal teeth during speech development may lead the child to incorrectly articulate sounds like /f/, /v/, /s/, /z/, and /t/, which may extend into adulthood.
• Every child loves to laugh. For a beautiful smile, we need healthy teeth.
• It is a natural to want to look pretty, whether you are young or old. Children with decayed or missing teeth experience psychological discomfort and perceive themselves as ugly.
• Another function of baby teeth is to maintain the space for their permanent counterparts. Imagine 10 children sitting side by side in a row. If one of them gets up, the others will slide into his space to be able to sit more comfortably. If a new kid comes and tries to squeeze in, the others will be pressed against each other.
Likewise, if a deciduous tooth is extracted prematurely, the adjacent teeth shift towards the resulting gap. Hence, there is no room for the permanent tooth that is going to erupt. This will compress the teeth and result in crowding and malposition.