Middletown Dental
Dr. Pradeep Sukumar, DMD, MPH

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Children's Dentistry

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At Middletown Dental, we want you to be an active participant in achieving and maintaining your oral health, and we understand that you may have questions about your treatment. We welcome your questions, and we’ve included answers here to some of the questions we hear most. If you find that your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact our office.

Children's Dentistry

children's dentistry | kids dentistry | middletown Yes! Baby Teeth Are Important

Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.

Children's Dentistry | Middletown Dental | Middletown NJProper Oral Health Tips for Kids

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your dentist. Contact our Middletown, NJ dental office to schedule an appointment today. 

children's dentistry | kids dentistry | middletown Dr. Sukumar and his team love taking care of families, and we welcome your children to our practice. We recommend that they have their first appointment around the age of three years old unless parents have any concerns early on. We will help them to feel comfortable at our office by giving them time to acclimate to the “big chair” and the tools and instruments we use.

What other services do you offer for children?

You will also find additional services for children at Middletown Dental, including fluoride treatments and dental sealants that will help build and protect their teeth. Fluoride helps to nourish developing teeth and restore teeth affected by decay. Dental sealants protect your child’s teeth from the acids that cause decay with a protective coating placed over the chewing surfaces of their teeth.

What if my child plays sports?

Children who play sports will benefit from a protective guard to wear during their activities. Dr. Sukumar can recommend the best sports guard for your child, as customized guards offer much better protection than generic ones.

Come see us at Middletown Dental!

We look forward to meeting your children and building a relationship with them for many years to come. Contact us today to schedule their next appointment.

childrens dentistry | middletown njSoft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect a child's teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums from sport-related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard developed by a dentist will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head.

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the dentist.

 

Common dental emergencies include:

  • Severe tooth painemergency dentistry | middletown dental | middletown nj
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • A tooth that is partly or completely knocked out of its socket
  • Injury to the gums, tongue or other soft tissue
  • Oral abscess
  • Losing a filling, crown or other dental restoration

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call our office at (732) 495-4444. We will make every effort to see you as soon as possible. 

children's dentistry | middletown nj First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.

 

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