Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and to smile with confidence. When children's primary ("baby") teeth are lost too early, the surrounding teeth can drift into the empty space. This can lead to crowding of the permanent ("adult") teeth in addition to other problems including difficulty cleaning teeth properly and chewing food.
Protecting teeth from early tooth loss can help prevent these issues. Around the age of 6-10 months, the first primary teeth will start to erupt into the mouth. Once teeth erupt they become vulnerable to decay.