During childhood, it is important for parents to encourage their children's dental health. During the ages of 6 and 10 primary, or (baby) teeth are being replaced by permanent (adult) teeth. This is an important age to solidify proper dental habits. During this age, children should be taught to care for their teeth on their own with instruction from their dentist and encouragement from their parents.
When primary or "baby" teeth are not cared for properly, it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, pain and infection. Research shows that there's a strong connection between oral and overall health for children and adults. Dental care is one of the most neglected forms of health care among children.