Your Top Family Dentists in Elkhart

Finding a local dentist who can treat every member of your family is not an easy feat. The best family dentist is one who cares for each member of your family with the same level of trust and respect.

At Orange Door Dental Group, we strive to be the top choice for your family. Our number one goal is to create a warm and welcoming environment for you and your family. We believe that visiting the dentist should be a fun and relaxing experience. You should enjoy your visit from the start to the end.

We want to see your smile and help you keep it as bright and healthy as possible. Schedule an appointment with us today to join our dental family!

Better Dental Health Means Better Overall Health

We know a trip to the dentist is never on the top of your list. However, the best way to protect those pearly whites and prevent costly and possibly painful procedures in the future is to prevent the problems from occurring in the first place.

We suggest coming to see your dentist at Orange Door Dental Group every six months for a checkup and cleaning. That is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

General dentistry treatments also help with most minor dental problems. So, if you are feeling any pain or bleeding in your gums between your checkups, you should come to see us to make sure there aren't any underlying issues.

Why Orange Door Dental Group is Elkart's Favorite

As soon as you make that first phone call to our office, you are part of our dental family! We want you to have the best experience possible. That's why our team is dedicated to providing you with quality care and service.

We'll educate you on all of our treatments and go over your full options so you understand every step of the process. We'll make sure you have all the information you need to make the decisions during your visits here.

Our doctors have the knowledge and experience to be able to give you the smile that you've always wanted. We'll customize your treatment to give you what you need for a great smile and a great visit!

Save Yourself Time, Money, and Frustration. Schedule Now!

If you're looking for a new family dentist in Elkhart, look no further than Orange Door Dental Group! We can't wait to meet you and help you towards a stunning smile and great oral health. Schedule an appointment with one of our top dentists today to join our dental family


What Issues Can Orange Door Help Me With?

What Issues Can Orange Door Help Me With?

Plaque and Tartar

Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth when bacteria in your mouth mix with sugary or starchy foods. If your teeth feel fuzzy when you run your tongue over them, that's plaque. You can minimize plaque buildup by brushing and flossing daily, but left alone, plaque can harden into tartar which can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and even tooth loss. Although tooth brushing and flossing get rid of most dental plaque, the only way to completely get rid of it is by seeing your dentist for professional cleanings a couple times a year.

Cavities and Fillings

People of all ages get cavities, but do you know what a cavity is? Dental cavities are holes in your teeth that form when acid in your mouth erodes your tooth enamel. If you have a toothache, constant bad breath, bleeding gums, or redness around or inside your mouth, you likely have a cavity.

If you have a cavity, we'll prepare you for a dental filling. Our dentist will remove the decay and fill in the hole with dental ceramic or resin. Your filling will prevent bacteria from building up inside cavities, which could lead to serious infections.

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis, aka gum disease or periodontal disease, is an inflammation in your gums. Signs you have gingivitis include irritated gums that bleed during tooth brushing, bad breath, receding gums.

Although most people get gingivitis at some point in their lives, the mild symptoms often make it easy to ignore. However, it is serious enough that without treatment, it can turn into much bigger issues in your health. Gingivitis can lead to problems such as periodontitis—a severe form of gum disease that is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.


A toothache can be caused by anything from a piece of food being stuck in your gums to a more serious infection. Even though some toothaches may be easy to treat at home, others may be a more serious problem that need a dentist's help.

Toothaches can be caused by an abscessed tooth, a damaged filling, repetitive motions, infected gums, a tooth fracture, tooth decay, eruption (teeth coming out of the gums), or more.

If your toothache is progressing, call us today! Our dental team will do a physical exam to help locate the cause of your toothache.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

Chipped or cracked teeth can happen from a hit to the face or biting down on something hard. More than just being a cosmetic problem, they put your oral health at risk and should be fixed by a dentist as soon as possible.

Cracks in your tooth enamel leave the inner pulp of your tooth, where all the nerves and small cells are stored, at risk for dental infection. If the problem isn't repaired, your tooth could get infected which could lead to worse problems such as your tooth decaying, or infection spreading through to your gums and bloodstream.

Tooth Appearance

A healthy smile should look like it! Not only that, studies have shown that people with more attractive smiles have higher self-confidence and self-esteem on average. If something about your tooth appearance makes you feel uncomfortable about sharing your smile, call us today.

We can treat many appearance-related problems here at Orange Door Dental Group. With a wide variety of cosmetic treatments, we can fix cracked, chipped, crooked, misshappen, or stained dark and yellow teeth. You should feel confident smiling when you want—call us today!

Mouth Sores

There are many common causes that result in mouth sores. Among these common concerns are canker sores, scraping your mouth on sharp foods or eating utensils, accidental tongue and cheek biting, and so on.

Although most mouth sores will clear up on their own, they sometimes need professional help. If they remain persistent for more than a week, or if there is ever any excessive bleeding with these sores, there could be something more serious going on. Call us to see what our dentist can help with.

Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth happens when a new tooth is trying to grow in, but gets stuck beneath gums from either having misaligned teeth in the way or just not enough room in your jaw to grow in. It most commonly happens with wisdom teeth.

Impacted teeth can be extremely painful, so call our office to see how we can help you! We may be able to remove the problem tooth, help straighten your teeth so the tooth has room to grow in, or recommend a specialist to help in extreme cases.

Tooth Erosion

Our teeth are essential in helping us perform many important tasks in our life—from biting and eating, to smiling and speaking, our teeth need to be around as long as we are. Unfortunately, things do happen to make our teeth start to wear down: age, acidic drinks, tobacco products, poor hygiene, etc.

If you suffer from tooth erosion due to any cause, we can help build them back up! With our general and cosmetic dentistry treatments including veneers, crowns, and even implants for fully missing teeth, we can help build up your full smile again.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer can be dangerous, but it can also be easily treated if you find the problem soon enough. That's why at Orange Door Dental Group, we perform oral cancer screenings at all regular checkups.

This simple screening involves checking the soft tissues of your mouth—such as your tongue and gums—for lumps or discoloration. We'll make sure to inform you before starting the screening and let you know if we find any cause for concern. This is all part of our goal to make sure your oral health contributes to better health for your whole body!

What's a Typical Visit to Orange Door Like?


During your exam, we begin with dental imaging. Getting a good picture of your teeth helps us to see what's really happening under the surface of your teeth. We typically use digital x-rays for most of our imaging because they are safer and faster.

They use an average of 80% less radiation than traditional x-ray imaging, and we can immediately view the images on our computers rather than having to develop the pictures physically. Imaging is an important part of monitoring your dental health.


Next, one of our talented dental hygienists will clean your teeth in preparation for the dentist to give you a more thorough oral exam. We'll start by using a gritty toothpasete to scrub away any mineral buildup. We'll use our special professional toothbrushes to clean those hard to reach areas. Then we'll polish your teeth to get them back to their regular sparkle.

After the exam and any problem areas have been addressed, we can finish your appointment by giving you an optional fluoride finish to help build up a protective layer on your teeth.


After we have the pictures and have cleaned your pearly whites, your dentist will give you a full examination of your teeth and gums. We'll also check in with you on your hygiene habits and any changes in your health or medications.

This is a great time for you to bring up questions or concerns you may have had over the last six months. No question is a bad question! We want you to feel completely on top of your oral health. We can help answer any questions and give you any suggestions they may have to help improve your oral health routine.


Before you go, we'll discuss more recommended habits and send you away with anything you need to keep your teeth in the best shape possible.

Some of our tips may include switching the hardness of your toothbrush bristles to a softer brush. We may recommend a certain type of toothpaste that will better help you with tooth sensitivity or extra cavity protection. Whatever it is, we'll customize these suggestions based on your unique oral health needs.

Our Top Tips for Home Dental Care

Everyone is different. Depending on your age, diet, and occupation, certain aspects of your oral hygiene will need to be handled differently; however, there are universal aspects of your oral health routine that will always stay the same.

Daily care, routine checkups, dental cleanings, and a healthy diet are all things that work together to better your oral health. A healthier smile leads to happier and healthier you!


We're talking twice a day—and not just a quick rinse. Use a good fluoridated toothpaste, and focus on bruising your teeth for two minutes (or 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth). Make sure to hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your tooth's surface.


You should be flossing at least once a day; the best time to do so is right before bed. Use enough floss to make sure you have a clean section for each tooth. Try to avoid roughly shoving the floss between your teeth—instead gently work it around each tooth in a C-curve.


After brushing and flossing, it's time to rinse with mouthwash. Pour a capful and swish it around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out. This helps to clear out any leftover toothpaste or food that you missed—not to mention how good it makes your breath smell.


There will always be some problems you can't see in your bathroom mirror. To give you the best chance at great oral health, make sure to see your dentist at Orange Door Dental Group for bi-annual checkups and professional cleanings.

Special Concerns to Ask Our Dental Team About

The best thing about visiting Orange Door Dental Group is having a whole team of dental professionals to help answer any questions you may have about your oral health. Ask us about anything!

Many dental afflictions start out as visibly red gums. Because it can be painless at first, you may not be able to tell if it is leading to a more serious problem. The sooner you call us, the better.

The occasional toothache is no big deal, but if you have a persistent pain that no amount of cleaning or home remedy is mitigating, see our dentist to find out if there's an underlying problem.

Once your permanent teeth are fully grown in, they should never be loose. If your teeth start loosening, you could have advanced gum disease or gum recession that is affecting your tooth support.

Teeth can become more sensitive as you age—especially with extra cold or hot treats. If your sensitivity seems worse or is localized to one place, it could be the sign of a broken or cracked tooth.

If your jaw is broken, go to an emergency room right away! More mild and consistent jaw pain or your jaw clicking or locking in place, could be a sign of having a TMJ disorder (or TMD).

If you have sores that aren't clearing on their own and seem worse than regular canker sores, you may have an infection, a tooth abscess, or something that otherwise may need a dentist's intervention.

Although it's not a disease, dry mouth can be an indicator of a medical condition. If you find you're constantly parched, despite ample water drinking, check in with your local dentist.

Mints can help to mask the bad breath that lingers after a strong meal, but if there is something more serious, no mint will be strong enough. Persistent bad breath could be a more serious condition.

Hormone changes during pregnancy can increase your risk of gingivitis by 60%. It's important to still get checkups and cleanings, but you can skip the x-rays to reduce any minimal risks of radiation.

Why Wait? Schedule Your First Appointment Today!

We'd love to see your smile! When you're ready to take the next step toward great oral health, call Orange Door Dental Group. Our friendly team of dental professionals can't wait to meet you and welcome you to our dental family.

Schedule an appointment to come meet us today!

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