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

Tips for Preventing Cavities in Children

Cavity Prevention

Frequent trips to the dentist can be stressful for your kids, and they can put a strain on your budget, too. Child tooth decay is a serious problem that can be avoided by maintaining a good dental care routine. Preventing cavities in children begins with forming healthy habits early in life, so they become second nature. Just like a wholesome diet, good oral hygiene is an essential part of teaching kids how to take care of their health. The American Dental Association (ADA) offers the following great suggestions for preventing dental cavities in children.

Cavity-Prevention Tips for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

  • After feeding, clean your baby’s gums with a moistened gauze pad.
  • When teeth first appear, use a child’s soft toothbrush and plain water to clean them.
  • Supervise your children until they can brush without swallowing toothpaste.
  • Use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily when teeth grow close enough to touch each other.
  • Begin dental check-ups at one year of age.

Preventing Cavities in Older Children and Adolescents

  • Brush your child’s teeth twice a day and help them floss until they are six or seven years old; at this age, begin to teach them to brush their own teeth. You may need to supervise them until they are about 10 years old.
  • Teach your older children about the dangers of poor food and beverage choices, oral piercings, and tobacco use.
  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants; these are plastic coatings that are applied in areas where tooth decay commonly starts.
  • Remind your kids and adolescents of the importance of good oral hygiene.
  • Purchase a mouth guard for kids involved in sports.
  • Make regular visits to your dentist in Mishawaka to make sure that your child’s oral hygiene routine is effective.

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
Friendly staff and Shannon is very thorough. I trust her with taking the best care of my mouth and teeth!
Michelle M.
Very friendly staff and no long wait.
Stephanie M.
Explained what was going to be done and during procedure, made my daughter comfortable.
Alexis B.
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.
I needed 1day service, and Dr. Gasko and the staff made this possible. As usual, the Dental Center showed total concern for my need.
Beverlie B.
Friendly and pleasant visit. Shannon explained every procedure as she did them. Willing to answer questions and very informative.
Mary R.
If you need a dentist and are scared due to past experiences don’t worry, go to the dental center of Mishawaka and not only will your teeth look good and will show them off with a smile but […]
George K.
Two of my children had work done. The staff was AMAZING!! They were very kind, patient, professional and they answered every question I had and also kept my children informed about what they were […]
Anne S.
The hygienist knew what she was doing and was very thourough with my cleaning. The dentist gave me practical ways to improve my oral health.
Amy S.
Dental assistant was caring and professional.
Maria A.
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.
Everyone was very nice. I liked how my options were explained to me and then received a statement that clearly indicates the financial responsibility of each procedure.
Randy N.
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.
Extremely satisfied with the office and how caring everyone is. Excellent service.
Raimie 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.
Why didn’t I start going here a king time ago?? They’re friendly, professional & quick! Affordable too! Dr. Gasko is the best!!!!!
Nioaka W.
They are good to deal with and treat you with respect and make you feel at ease
Maury B.
Great experience as always! I like the soft music in the background
Jason H.
The hygienists are very nice, professional, and the dentist are great.
Kevin R.
Very patient friendly, not many people like going to the dentist but everyone in the office makes it a pleasurable experience.
Debbie S.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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