Does tooth decay in baby teeth affect adult teeth?

Tooth decay can occur as soon as the teeth appear in the baby's mouth. Parents may wonder why there is concern about baby teeth becoming decayed, since they will be replaced by permanent teeth. But there is cause for concern: decay in primary teeth may damage the hidden permanent teeth that are forming inside the gums.

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