The Dental Center of Mishawaka
112 Ironworks Avenue, Suite B1, Mishawaka, IN 46544

Good Pediatric Dentists Make First Visits Easy

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Ensuring the best oral health for infants and children requires a little professional intervention. Most pediatricians and pediatric dentists recommend scheduling the first dental appointment when your child is one year old. Determining the risk of tooth decay is important for preventing early cavities and tooth loss. One out of four children in America has at least one tooth affected by advanced tooth decay, and many have more. An appointment with a qualified kids dentist includes risk assessment, treatment recommendations and education about issues such as teething, thumb sucking, dental milestones, and the effects of foods and beverages on developing teeth. 


Your Kid’s First Visit to the Dentist



Search for pediatric dentists who are knowledgeable, responsive, patient with small children, answer all of your questions clearly, and focus on your child’s specific dental needs. A good kids dentist will offer emergency contact information, give detailed follow-up instructions, tell you what will occur next in your child’s dental development, and promote preventative care. To save time, ask the office to mail you any forms you’ll need to fill out for the initial visit. When the appointment day arrives, take along your child’s favorite toy or another object that will bring comfort and ease fears.

The Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, pediatric dentists address oral health for infants and children by reviewing their dental and medical histories, discussing health issues that will likely occur in the future, and responding to parent questions and concerns. Your kids dentist will probably examine your child’s mouth manually while you are holding him or her in your lap. During the visit, you’ll learn how to clean your child’s teeth properly. The dentist may also perform a dental cleaning, especially if your child’s teeth are stained. If it appears that your child is at higher risk for cavities, your dentist will discuss preventative treatments and follow-up care. Working together with a kids dentist, you can give your child the best chances of having a healthy smile for life.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Mishawaka, call The Dental Center of Mishawaka today at (574) 285-0460 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Mishawaka. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Mishawaka, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of Mishawaka.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Everyone was so polite and so good with my kids.
Colton W.
Took my 5-year-old to get cavities filled, he actually fell asleep! I got to stay with him the whole time. The staff was amazing, I would highly recommend this office.
Angela F.
The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and the office is very clean. I constantly see them right after a patient uses the equipment take a disinfectant wipe and clean the station before they […]
Dede S.
Explained what was going to be done and during procedure, made my daughter comfortable.
Alexis B.
Any doctor/dentist visit can be stressful but it’s anything but that at The Dental Center. You all have made my visits very pleasant.
George K.
It’s actually a pleasure to have dental work done. The most caring practice I have ever been to. They are even great with kids. So glad I chose this office.
Raimie W.
the dentist keizer i believe was his name who has taken over all my dental work since i was about 20 has been amazing. super friendly, explains things so i fully understand, and even goes above and […]
Alyssa W.
Dr Douglas is fantastic! He makes sure to take the time to get your dental work done precisely. Each time I go, I feel like I’m his only patient there. I feel comfortable in there care. They […]
BMoney B.
My appt was fast and easy! I was in a hurry so I enjoyed going in, getting my cleaning and getting out of there in less than an hour!
Danielle S.
On time, personable, friendly, thorough, kind, team environment.
Kirsten B.
I went in for a tooth that had me in excruciating pain. Everyone was so nice! They got me right in and even called to schedule the root canal for me!
Angela P.
Pleasant staff.
Cora R.
Great customer service! The hygienist and doctor was extremely gentle and caring. They respected my privacy during my visit. I highly recommend The Dental Center!!
Amy G.
Freindly and caring staff and dentist. They explain everything they are doing. They make sure you like their work before you leave.
Debbie S.
Very patient friendly, not many people like going to the dentist but everyone in the office makes it a pleasurable experience.
Debbie S.
I had an excellent experience due to the care I received. This Dental Center has the BEST STAFF! Everyone is always pleasant and keeps a positive attitude!
Beverly P.
I had excellent service here. The staff was super nice and helpful. Also, they did an excellent job on my teeth!
Jaycee L.
My experience was wonderful! Dr & staff were very friendly & put me right at ease
Kelly C.
Friendly staff and Shannon is very thorough. I trust her with taking the best care of my mouth and teeth!
Michelle M.
Everyone is so nice and worked my kids in for sealants while we were there
Josiah W.
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  • Monday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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