The Dental Center of Goshen
4024 Elkhart Road, Suite 15, Goshen, IN 46526

Easy Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay

Cavity Prevention

Ever since you were a kid, you have been cautioned about the perils of tooth decay. You likely received countless admonitions about brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist twice a year. However, do you truly understand how tooth decay happens, and what you can do to stop it? Continue reading to discover some simple tips for cavity prevention and maintaining a healthy mouth now and in the future.

Tooth decay is characterized by the breakdown of a tooth’s structure, which impacts the outer enamel as well as the dentin. Tooth decay happens when carbohydrate-rich food and beverage items like candy, bread, milk or fruit are allowed to remain on the teeth after being consumed. Bacteria that naturally reside in the mouth then feed on those starches and sugars, transforming them into acid. These elements combine to create plaque, which sticks stubbornly to your teeth. Ultimately, the acids work to dissolve tooth enamel, causing the holes known as cavities.

For adults, as well as children, tooth decay can become a serious problem, but fortunately, simple cavity-prevention techniques can work wonders. Brushing at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste—particularly before bed—helps remove food build-up. Using dental floss or an interdental cleaner also helps to eliminate food particles. Following a healthy lifestyle, eating well, and keeping snacks to a minimum helps stop residual carbohydrates from sitting atop the teeth and causing cavities. Making sure to drink lots of fluoridated water also helps a great deal when it comes to preventing tooth decay.

Seeing a dentist in Goshen at least twice a year for thorough exams and cleanings is also essential to maintaining good oral health. Affordable dentists everywhere are beginning to recommend that patients chew sugarless gum containing xylitol, which has been shown to slow the bacterial growth responsible for tooth decay. In addition, researchers are working on new products that may be placed between teeth in order to provide a slow release of protective fluoride over time. Other potentially imminent breakthroughs in cavity prevention include rinses and toothpastes that may actually reverse cavities when used at an early stage of their development.

By following a series of cavity-prevention tips and adopting some healthy lifestyle habits, you can make a big difference in your ability to prevent tooth decay.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Goshen, call The Dental Center of Goshen today at (574) 538-2011 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Goshen. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Goshen, 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 Goshen.

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Patient Reviews
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Kenneth M.
The hygienist was very good. I had very little pain after my 6 month cleaning.
Douglas M.
Dr. Cochran is so great at what he does and the staff are all friendly and knowledgeable. They made going in for fillings so much better than I could have thought possible. Nice to see people who […]
Jaclyn B.
This was my second visit to the dental center in Goshen they are wonderful. My first visit was a cleaning. My second was to put my crown back on after it came off. They are awesome thank you so much […]
Sue M.
Dr Lauren was the best with my special needs daughter. The team was great. Made all the accommodations she needed to get her teeth taken care of. Thank you so much and we will be back
Rae B.
Very nice and got me in and out in a timely manner
Carlene M.
I would recommend this office to anyone. From the girls in the front all the way back…they are professional, caring, and amazing.
Angie A.
Dr. Mummert is amazing with children. My child went in for their first filling and I was extremely nervous. She talked to my child through the whole process and kept her relaxed.
Emmalynn K.
Friendly and professional service. They take the time to listen to what you have to say.
Sue C.
I have been seeing Dr Cochran for several years and am very pleased with his care. I trust his opinion of work needing to be done and quality of his work. The staff has always been courteous.
Jo D.
The patience and kindness given to my little ones was beyond measure!
Logan B.
I’m always so hesitant to go to the dentist, but going to the Dental Center of Goshen definitely makes it easier! The staff is super friendly and they know what they are doing. My 2 year old has […]
Rebecca C.
After screening many other pediatric dentists, I found The Dental Center of Goshen. Their customer service was exceptional and they were thorough, kind and professional during my daughter’s visit.
Grace B.
Good service..
Adriel R.
Friendly staff, fast, no waiting
Debra M.
The staff is Pleasant professional and thorough
Nanci W.
my daughter feels very comfortable with the dental center you work very well with children ..
Dorathy P.
Made me feel comfortable when I was scared
Tammy S.
Friendliness of the dental assistant.
David B.
They are really kind and generous people.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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