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Valparaiso, IN 46385
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1830 South 11th Street
Chesterton, IN 46304

March 24, 2015

For Dentures, Valparaiso Trusts Smiles by Arnold

159292711People with missing teeth must contend with a number of daily difficulties. First, they may have trouble eating their favorite foods as well as foods that are the most nutritious, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Secondly, depending on which teeth are missing, they may have trouble speaking. And no matter which or how many teeth are missing, there are always issues of self-consciousness and a hesitation to smile or laugh with family and friends. Custom-designed dentures from Smiles by Arnold have helped many people in and around Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, and they can help you, too.

Full Dentures Valparaiso Can Depend On

If you are missing a full arch of teeth, or need to have a full arch of teeth extracted, then full dentures, also called complete dentures, may be the appropriate choice for you. Full dentures consist of a custom-fitted, gum-colored base and expertly designed false teeth. These dentures are held in place with denture adhesive, natural suction, or a combination of the two. There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate.

With conventional dentures, you’ll need to wait about eight to 12 weeks after your teeth are extracted before you can wear your dentures. During this time, your gums begin to heal, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit. On the other hand, immediate dentures are placed directly after tooth removal.

Partial Dentures

If you happen to only be missing a few teeth along one arch, then partial dentures may be the restorative solution for you. A partial denture is a custom fitted prosthetic device made of replacement teeth a frame that is secured to your natural teeth with metal clasps and attachments. The shape, size, and color of these replacement teeth are designed to look like your natural teeth, so you have an attractive and seamless smile.

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to find out if dentures are right for you, then call Smiles by Arnold. With offices in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, we also conveniently serve people from Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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March 10, 2015

For Dental Implants, Northwest Indiana Comes to Smiles by Arnold

480753457For young children, missing teeth are an eagerly anticipated event that is capped off with a reward from the tooth fairy. For an adult, however, missing teeth are not nearly as much fun. In fact, missing teeth can create several difficulties, including chewing, talking, laughing and smiling. Tooth replacement, therefore, is imperative for physical, psychological and emotional health. If you have one or more missing teeth, then you should consider dental implants from Smiles by Arnold with offices in Chesterton, IN, as well as Valparaiso, IN.

Although there are other options for tooth replacement, dental implants offer one distinct advantage—an implant replaces the entire tooth from root to crown. In this way, you have a replacement that most closely replicates a natural tooth in both form and function.

Dental Implants Northwest Indiana Knows are Reliable

A dental implant consists of a post, usually made of titanium, and a restorative crown. The procedure begins with minor oral surgery in which the post is implanted in to the jaw bone beneath a missing tooth. If you are missing more than one tooth and need a partial or full denture for teeth replacement, then dental implants can be strategically placed along an arch to securely hold your fixed dentures in place. In either case, the post and bone fuse in a process called osseointegration. Thus, a strong foundation is formed and the possibility of bone disintegration that can happen with a missing tooth is averted.

After a few months when you’ve completely healed, you’ll return to Smile by Arnold to have the custom-designed crown or dentures attached to the post. Once in place, your smile will be complete and the troubles associated with missing teeth will be gone.

Call Our Office Today

To learn more about dental implants Northwest Indiana trusts, call Smiles by Arnold to schedule a consultation.  With offices in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, we also conveniently serve people from Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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February 24, 2015

To Cure Sleep Apnea, Northwest Indiana Comes to Smiles by Arnold

494282527How’d you sleep last night? Did you hear the words, “stop snoring” more than once? If so, then the problem may be more than mere snoring. Loud and constant snoring can be a sign of a serious condition called sleep apnea. If you or the person one pillow over snores, then a sleep study should be done to determine the cause. If the study finds sleep apnea, northwest Indiana turn to Smiles by Arnold in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, for reliable treatment.

What is Sleep Apnea Northwest Indiana Wonders?

Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing during sleep. In the case of obstructive airway sleep apnea—the most common form of this condition—the tongue and other soft tissue around the airway relax during sleep and tend to fall back, thus blocking the airway. Because the airway is blocked, the brain does not receive an adequate amount of oxygen. To restart breathing, the brain wakes the body, sometimes as many as 100 times a night. Although you may not realize it, the consequences are hours of lost sleep, which can lead to serious consequences, including:

  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • High blood pressure and stroke
  • Depression
  • Impotence

Treating Sleep Apnea

In northwest Indiana, sleep apnea is treated with a custom-fitted oral appliance. The SomnoMed MAS™ is a mandibular advancement splint that treats both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. This device gently shifts the lower jaw forward. If required, a component can be added to make the device adjustable. This feature provides incremental adjustments for jaw advancement to improve the effectiveness and your comfort while you wear the appliance.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you suspect that you or someone you love might have sleep apnea, then call Smiles by Arnold today. With offices in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, we also conveniently serve people from Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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February 10, 2015

The Family Dentist Valparaiso, IN, Trusts is Smiles by Arnold

465162307The health and well-being of your family is, of course, a number one priority. And like most priorities, this one takes time. There is one way, however, that you can save time and still take good care of everyone in your family. Smiles by Arnold practices family dentistry Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, turn to for exceptional dental care for all the members of their families.

At Smiles by Arnold, our family dentists practice the full range of services that your family needs, including children’s dentistry, sleep apnea therapy, dentures and Invisalign®. But the cornerstone of the family dentistry Valparaiso depends on is, of course, the dental checkup. In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, the family dentists at Smiles by Arnold would like to see you and your family for checkups twice every year. Regularly scheduled, dental checkups help our staff monitor your overall oral health and notice any concerning changes before they become painful or expensive problems.

At these checkups, we’ll clean your teeth and remove any plaque buildup, assess the health of your gums, and take digital x-rays to uncover any hidden spots of tooth decay. We’ll also conduct an oral cancer screening and recommend tips for your at-home oral hygiene routine.

Care and Hospitality from the Family Dentist Valparaiso Prefers

Because Smiles by Arnold wants to take care of your family the same way that you do, we go a bit above and beyond what you’d expect a family dentist to do. For children, we have a Sony PlayStation in the reception room and Gameboy in the treatment room.  For adults, we offer hot and cold beverages, freshly baked bread, and a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Our amenities not only make children and adults want to visit the dentist, they make leaving difficult!

Schedule an Appointment Today

If it’s time for you or any member of your family to see the dentist, then call the office of Smiles by Arnold to see the family dentist Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, trust. We also serve patients in Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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January 22, 2015

Interview with 2014 Doctors’ Choice National Award Winner, Dr. Jim Arnold

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National Award Winner






National Award Winner – Dentistry 2014

Dr. Jim Arnold

Learn more about the Doctors’ Choice National Award here.

Congratulations, Dr. Arnold, this is the first time we are awarding Doctors’ Choice Awards in Dentistry in 2014! What are your thoughts on being the first winner?
I am extraordinarily honored to have been nominated and even more excited about actually winning this award. Being recognized by my peers for my commitment to excellence in dentistry is truly humbling. It’s really a testament to my awesome team and their hard work in making our practices something special.

Dr. Arnold, how significant or how essential is it for dentists to belong to a professional association or organization as they continue to practice?
I think that it’s really important for dentists to work together for the betterment of our great profession. Professional organizations like ACE, the AACD, and the ADA represent the best that dentistry has to offer, and dentists should all utilize the combined knowledge and resources of these groups. This helps them to be the best that they can be and to enjoy the many benefits provided by these fantastic associations.

Can you also explain why? Both for dentists just graduating and for established dentists as well?
The ADA provides dentists with a political voice and works hard to improve the entire profession so that dentists are better able to run their practices in the way that they see fit. This creates an environment within which practices can provide great care to patients while continuing to make a good living. Every dentist – new graduates and experienced dentists alike – should be a member so that they can support the ADA in the way that the ADA supports THEM.

ACE is a fantastic group of like-minded, well-educated dentists who are focused on delivering exceptional esthetic care in practices that are also very profitable. Their partnership with Smile Source also gives its members collective bargaining power with dental supply companies and dental labs. These relationships save the membership thousands of dollars every month, allowing them to make more money without having to compromise their quality of care. Additionally, they provide their members with extraordinary continuing education and an environment that is conducive to building great relationships amongst colleagues. Young and well-seasoned dentists all share in the process of education, huge savings, and mentorship.

The AACD is the number one advocate for high-end cosmetic dentistry in the world, and it’s members are all encouraged to work hard to achieve the highest ideals of perfection. Being a member gives dentists access to education with the best minds and hands in dentistry. The educational opportunities, exposure to new techniques, new materials, and relationships are really unique.

Joining the ADA right out of dental school gives dentists an opportunity to have a voice in the legislative process that drives our profession. Becoming members of ACE and the AACD provide young dentists with opportunities to expand their minds, build great clinical skills, make a better living, and get to know incredible, experienced dentists from whom they can learn a great deal.

We also want to ask you, what kind of culture have you created in your practice?
We have established a culture that is conducive to collective productivity and individual satisfaction. We stopped referring to our team as a “staff” a long time ago because we truly have a TEAM. That means that they are all on the same page working toward the same ideals, helping one another, and creating greater comfort for our patients. Our team treats every patient like they would a member of their own family, building relationships, rather than just building rapport. Great patient dental care and service, strong relationships, and mutual respect are the ideals to which we all aspire.

What is it like for your employees to work with you?
The Smiles by Arnold & Associates doctors and team work together to create a relaxing environment for our patients and a happy environment for one another. They have a lot of autonomy to make decisions without me having to micromanage everything. Our relationships are built upon trust – trust that they will make good decisions and do the right things for one another and our patients. When we need another employee, the TEAM selects who they want to work with. That minimizes the risk of conflict that can be caused when the wrong person is hired. The team is responsible for finding people with whom they want to work. The office managers do the interviews, select the top two candidates, and the team ultimately decides who is the best fit. While having some experience is important, the final decision generally comes down to having the right personality and work ethic to not only fit in, but to improve upon what we are already doing.

And what is it like for your patients when they come to you and your staff for dental care?
Patients are usually blown away by the unique experience that they have with us. They find a team that will not only listen to them attentively and take their concerns very seriously, but they find talented, compassionate dental professionals who become their advocates for better oral health and improved esthetics. Spending a little time with our team, most patients feel very relaxed due to the authenticity of every person they meet, and they look forward to their visits with us. Knowing that they have the option of conscious sedation puts even the most anxious patients at a ease. Ultimately, I think that patients KNOW that they are in the right office within minutes of arriving, and that is a real testament to my incredible team.

Do you think it is important to clearly establish a practice culture in today’s dentistry? If so, why?
Establishing the right practice culture isn’t optional anymore – it’s essential. With so many options for patients today, it’s critical to differentiate yourself in a positive way. If your practice environment and culture aren’t unique and authentic, then you will never stand out, and you’ll fail to attract and keep great patients. If you create a culture of positivity and have a happy team, then the patients will sense this, know that they are in the right place, and THEY will be more positive and happy. If your team is unhappy, then patients will sense this, wonder what’s wrong, and they won’t be as likely to say “yes” to proposed treatment, and they won’t be likely to stay with you. That means that the team’s happiness and job satisfaction comes first because that is the most critical component to building the right culture for our patients.

What advice do you have for dentists with regard to continuing education?
I probably attended TOO MUCH continuing education 10-12 years ago. I was on the road about 25 weekends per year attending about 400 hours of CE for a long time. It was overwhelming at times, it was very expensive, and the time away made it difficult to implement the things that I was learning. Additionally, it put a huge burden on my team – traveling and working really hard to learn and grow along with me.

I would recommend a more measured approach, taking one major course every six months to a year, learning it thoroughly, implementing it completely, and then moving on to the next course. This approach will decrease the stress level for the doctor and team immensely and make the learning process much more effective and will ultimately benefit the practice and patients in a much bigger way.

What do you think will be the best advice you could share with them on planning ahead?
I would spend some time thinking seriously about WHAT you want to learn and add to your practice. Then I would carefully consider all of the options in that area of dentistry prior to selecting the course that seems like the best fit. Set up a budget, a timeline, and a step by step plan for implementing the changes to your practice you want to make. Be sure that your team learns the new procedures, technology, and materials along with you because THEY are the ones who will ultimately be responsible for putting it altogether and making it work. Try not to do too much at the same time, as you’ll be less likely to be successful.

As a dedicated dentist as you are, what three leadership traits would you say are the most needed to run a successful/thriving practice?
As a leader, you have to be a good listener, and you have to trust your team. If you hire the right people, they will have knowledge, experience, and ideas that you can utilize to improve your practice. Your team members can often be your best resource to ensure continued success. They are also on the “frontline”, seeing and hearing things that you don’t. If you listen to what they have to say and take them seriously, you’ll make better decisions that can positively impact your practice.

You also have to be decisive. There are so many decisions to make daily in every dental practice, and most of those decisions have to be made quickly. If decisions aren’t made decisively by the practice leader, then the team (and sometimes patients) are left in limbo wondering what’s going to happen. You will sometimes make mistakes, but most of the time, these mistakes can be corrected. Most of the time, you can trust your instincts, and these decisions will have the desired result. For those less-than-ideal outcomes, it’s simply a learning experience that will allow you to grow and make a better decision the next time around.

Additionally, good leaders have to learn from their experiences – both positive and negative. If you can analyze your decisions and the outcomes effectively, then you can learn and grow from everything you do. That will ensure that even with slight detours, bumps in the road, and outright mistakes, you’ll continue to move in the right direction, moving ever closer to developing the practice of your dreams. When you track your results, then you can do more of what works and less of what doesn’t work. Failure to recognize this will severely curtail opportunities for growth.

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January 21, 2015

Smiles by Arnold & Associates: The Family Dentist Valparaiso Trusts

170082992Doctors tend to specialize in medicine, which means that to maintain your family’s health, you probably need to see several physicians. Isn’t it nice to know that for most all of your family’s dental health care, you only need one dentist? That’s the beauty of a family dentist. And the family dentist Valparaiso, IN, trusts with their family’s oral health is Smiles by Arnold & Associates.

As your family dentist, our practice encompasses preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. When it comes to oral health, the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has probably never been more accurate. If we can prevent problems before you begin to notice symptoms, then we can likely save you the pain and expense of addressing problems later. With this in mind, and in keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, we’d like to see you and everyone in your family twice each year for a checkup.

At these regularly scheduled appointments, we’ll clean your teeth and remove plaque, examine your gums for periodontal disease, and take x-rays when necessary. We’ll also examine your mouth for any soft tissue abnormalities that could be an early warning sign of oral cancer, and we’ll assess your head, neck and jaw for symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.

Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry in Valparaiso

Few people get away without needing any restorative or cosmetic dentistry in their lives. At some point, a cavity develops, a tooth chips or cracks, or teeth are missing. For those times, the family dentists at Smiles by Arnold have the experience and the most up-to-date techniques and technologies. We fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings, so your smile looks natural and is as strong as possible. Chips and cracks can be repaired with cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers, depending on the severity of the damage. And there are dental implants, crowns and bridges, and dentures if you lose a tooth.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If the time has come for you or a family member to see a family dentist, Valparaiso confidently turns to Smiles by Arnold. With offices in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, we also conveniently serve the communities of Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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January 8, 2015

For Dental Implants, Northwest Indiana Turns to Smiles by Arnold

184898853 (1)For people who have one or more missing teeth, there are a few choices for tooth replacement. But perhaps the best option is a dental implant. Dental implants mimic natural teeth and are, therefore, the most lifelike replacement. For dental implants, Northwest Indiana trusts the team at Smiles by Arnold & Associates in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN.

Teeth are lost for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common causes are:

  • Tooth injury
  • Severe decay
  • Extreme wear and tear
  • Gum disease
  • Failure of a root canal
  • Congenital defects

With even one missing tooth, the consequences can be great. First, of course, is the compromised appearance of your smile, which can lead to reduced self-esteem and self-confidence. Another concern is that missing teeth make chewing more difficult. Important foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, may be eliminated from the diet, thereby lessening nutrition. The importance of replacing missing teeth is obvious.

Dental Implants to the Rescue

Once you and your dentist at Smiles by Arnold determine that a dental implant is the best option for you, you’ll be on your way to having a new tooth that is indistinguishable from your others. First, the dentist will surgically implant a titanium post in the bone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. Then, through a process called osseointegration, the post and surrounding bone tissue will fuse, forming a stable foundation much like a natural tooth root. When this is completely healed in a few months, you’ll return to the office for the dentist to attach an abutment and crown. The crown, which is expertly fabricated from an impression of your teeth, will fit seamlessly in your smile and function like a natural tooth.

Schedule an Appointment Today

To learn more about dental implants, Northwest Indiana residents call the office of Smiles by Arnold & Associates. With offices in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, we also conveniently serve the communities of Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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December 21, 2014

Sedation Dentist Valparaiso Advice: Set Back and Relax with Oral Conscious Sedation

131582416If you’re suffering from dental fear or anxiety, Smiles by Arnold and Associates has your solution. Oral conscious sedation, also known as sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry, will induce a completely relaxed state for the duration of your dental procedure. Oral conscious sedation is achieved via a small dose of sedation medication taken an hour before your appointment. During your sedation, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, but remain awake and responsive, without feeling any discomfort. Don’t let dental fear or anxiety force you to live with dental pain or decay; make an appointment with your experienced Sedation Dentist Valparaiso. Smiles by Arnold and Associates is the premier Northwest Indiana Family and Sedation Dentistry. The compassionate dentists of Smiles by Arnold and Associates help NWI patients overcome their dental fears daily throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler, and the surrounding NWI communities.

Sedation Dentist Valparaiso: What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles, or don’t like the woozy side effects of nitrous oxide gas.  Oral sedative medication will induce a moderate state of sedation.  Though oral sedatives will not cause you to sleep, they will relax you enough to dull your senses.  This means that you may not remember the discomfort, smells, or noises of your Sedation Dentist Valparaiso procedure.  Likewise, your dose of medication can always be topped up during the procedure if needed.

Sedation Dentist Valparaiso: What Kinds of Medications Are Used?

Most of the medications used by your Sedation Dentist Valparaiso are classified as benzodiazepines.  Benzodiazepines are commonly used to reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia, and seizures.

Sedation Dentist Valparaiso Appointments in NWI

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to reduce dental fear and anxiety.  Oral conscious sedatives allow you to stay awake without feeling any pain during your procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but oral conscious sedation only works to calm anxiety throughout your dental visit. Sedation Dentist Valparaiso appointments are popular because oral conscious sedatives can be taken by mouth, with no injections, no anxiety, and no pain. For the best possible dental experience, make an appointment with the most trusted Sedation Dentist Valparaiso in Northwest Indiana. Smiles by Arnold and Associates is the leading Northwest Indiana Family and Sedation Dentistry. Smiles by Arnold and Associates proudly serves patients of all ages throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler, and nearby NWI cities.

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December 8, 2014

Family Dentist Valparaiso: Holiday Dental Care Tips

If your family is like most this time of year, everyone is adopting the “eat, drink, and be merry” spirit of the season. While it’s fine to enjoy the rich food and desserts of the season, you don’t want to start off the New Year with a toothache. Make it a point to keep your family cavity free this holiday season. You can start by making dental checkup appointments for the whole family with your trusted Family Dentist Valparaiso.  Smiles by Arnold and Associates is the premier Northwest Indiana Family Dentistry. The highly qualified dentists of Smiles by Arnold proudly serve families throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler, and other NWI communities.

Family Dentist Valparaiso: Seven Healthy Holiday Dental Care Tips

  • Avoid Snacking: You can reduce the total amount of time your teeth are exposed to harmful sugars by sticking to just a few filling meals each day.
  • Use a Straw: For cold but sugary beverages, use a straw to reduce your teeth’s exposure to sugary residue and acids.
  • Limit Your Sweets: This can be really hard during the holidays. But try to be mindful of your sugar intake, and opt for healthy treat alternatives like fruits, nuts, and cheeses when available.
  • Get A Oral Hygiene Kit: If you plan on traveling, or going to a few holiday parties, it can be helpful to pack a travel oral hygiene kit (toothpaste, toothbrush, floss) to stay on top of your oral hygiene routine when it is most needed.
  • Got Milk? : Drinking a glass of low fat milk after enjoying a sugary treat can help wash away harmful residue. Additionally, milk contains tooth fortifying calcium and vitamin D.
  • Sugar Free Gum: Chewing sugar free gum actually helps fight cavities because of the cavity fighting ingredient, Xylitol, found in many brands of the healthy snack.
  • Make the Call: The easiest and most important way to protect your teeth over the holidays is to make sure you and everyone else in your family are up to date with their semi-annual dental checkups.

Family Dentist Valparaiso Holiday Appointments

There’s no better time than the holiday season to freshen up your smile for the year ahead. Make your holiday dental appointments with the best Family Dentist Valparaiso today.  Smiles by Arnold and Associates can help your family stay healthy year round. Smiles by Arnold proudly restores smiles throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler, and the surrounding NWI communities.

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November 21, 2014

Northwest Indiana Family Dentistry Tips: Six Ways to Get Your Child to Love Dental Care!

80402812Are you concerned about your child’s teeth because they’re reluctant to see the dentist? If so, there are many ways you can help your child overcome their dental anxiety. Try out our six easy tips. Then make an appointment with the experienced Northwest Indiana family dentists of Smiles by Arnold and Associates. Smiles by Arnold and Associates is a leading Northwest Indiana Family Dentistry. Their friendly team is great with children. Smiles by Arnold and Associates welcomes families throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler and surrounding NWI cities.

Northwest Indiana Family Dentistry Children’s Dental Care Tips

  1. Start Early- You should start bringing your child in for regular dental checkups as soon as their first tooth appears. That’s usually around age one. The earlier your child begins to see the dentist, the less apprehensive they’ll be as they get older.
  2. Make it fun- Make your child’s dentist appointments into a fun event that they can look forward to.
  3. Play Pretend- Encourage your child to role play their visit. Find games, costumes, and stories related to dental health and dental careers that can help familiarize them with the dentist.
  4. Be Positive- Even if you have developed dental fears or anxieties, don’t pass them on to your children. Always help them see the value in taking good care of their teeth and getting routine preventative checkups.
  5. Always Validate- If your child has developed an apprehensive attitude towards dentist visits, acknowledge their fears and let them know that it’s ok to be afraid. Always make the dentist aware of your child’s feelings so that they can partner with you to help your child overcome their fears.
  6. Stay Consistent- Once you find a family dentist you are comfortable with, visit them regularly for your family’s checkups. If your child see’s you go to the same dental office for your checkups, they’ll be more willing to go when it’s their turn because they’ll want to emulate your behavior.

Northwest Indiana Family Dentistry Children’s Dental Care Appointments

Establishing a relationship with a family dentist office is vital to protecting your family’s dental health. If you’re looking for an experienced, compassionate, and family friendly office, make an appointment with the highly qualified Northwest Indiana family dentists of Smiles by Arnold and Associates today. Smiles by Arnold and Associates proudly serve families throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler and nearby NWI communities.

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November 8, 2014

Valparaiso Family Dentist Advice: How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?

200330422-001Is your family safe from gum disease? Gum disease is extremely common and can develop at any age. You may also be at a higher risk for developing gum disease if the condition is common among your family members. Mothers can pass on gum disease causing bacteria to their babies, and these bacteria have been linked to the development of heart disease and stroke. You can prevent gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your Valparaiso family dentist regularly for a checkup and professional dental cleaning. Don’t take chances with your family’s health. Make an appointment with the experienced Valparaiso family dentists at  Smiles by Arnold and Associates today.  Smiles by Arnold and Associates is a leading Northwest Indiana Family DentistrySmiles by Arnold proudly serves families throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler and nearby NWI communities.

Valparaiso Family Dentist: What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

  • Gingivitis (early gum disease): Gingivitis is an infection of the gums characterized by:

o   Red, swollen, and sensitive gums

o   Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing

o   Receding gums

o   Loose or shifting teeth

o   Change in bite or partial dentures that no longer fit

o   Mucus

o   Pain while eating

o   Bad breath that doesn’t go away after brushing


  • Periodontitis (advanced gum disease): Periodontitis is the result of untreated gum disease and is characterized by:

o   Swollen gums

o   Bright red, purplish, or dusky red gums

o   Tender gums

o   Receding gums

o   Open spaces and pockets developing between teeth and gums

o   Loose teeth

o   Change in bite

o   Pus around teeth and gums

o   Chronic bad breath

o   Constant bad taste in the mouth

Valparaiso Family Dentist Appointments in Northwest Indiana

Remember that any member of your family can develop gum disease if they’re not seeing the dentist regularly. If you, or any member of your family, are experiencing gum disease symptoms, you should make an appointment with the highly qualified Valparaiso family dentists of Smiles by Arnold and Associates. Smiles by Arnold and Associates is a trusted Northwest Indiana Family Dentistry proudly restoring smiles throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler and nearby Northwest Indiana areas.

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October 8, 2014

Look and Feel Younger with Dental Implants in Northwest Indiana

178526196Losing your natural teeth can be a difficult experience. But you’re not alone. Researchers have found that 58% of Americans 50 and over have fewer than 21 teeth (out of 32) of their teeth and that over 25% of adults age 60 or over will lose all of their teeth.  Though there is nothing better than being able to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, there is an effective and beneficial solution to tooth loss with dental implants. You can protect your overall quality of life with replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Make an appointment with the experienced dentists at Smiles by Arnold and Associates to restore your youthful smile with dental implants in Northwest IndianaSmiles by Arnold and Associates proudly serve patients throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler and nearby Northwest Indiana areas.

Why Northwest Indiana is getting Dental Implants 

  • More Youthful AppearanceDental implants preserve bone, preventing the deterioration of the facial structure. The possibility of wrinkles around the mouth caused by a bite collapse or complete facial structure collapse is eliminated.
  • Self-esteem and Self-confidence- Many of the people who now enjoy the benefits of implant supported replacement teeth report that their self esteem and self confidence have been restored as a result of improved appearance, function, comfort, and health.
  • Improved Quality of Life- With dental implant supported teeth, your smile is more natural and the teeth function more like natural teeth. This ensures your comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating.
  • Natural Look and FeelDental implants restore teeth as closely as possible to their natural state. By replacing the entire tooth root, the implant replicates the function and form of your natural teeth. Nothing in your mouth will look or feel artificial.
  • Prevents Bone LossDental implants can preserve the integrity of your facial structure by preventing the bone from reabsorbing because of tooth loss. The lower third of the face may collapse when all of the teeth are missing, if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.
  • Protects Surrounding Healthy Teeth- Your adjacent teeth are not compromised to replace your missing teeth. Tooth replacement with traditional tooth-supported bridges requires the grinding down of the teeth adjacent so that the dental bridge can be attached to them. The long-term health of these teeth are then at risk. Partial dentures can have metal clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, putting pressure on them and eventually causing them to loosen and come out.
  • Low Maintenance- It is much easier to care for a dental implant supported tooth, which can be cleaned and maintained like natural teeth. It’s also more convenient to clean a full set of implant supported replacement teeth than a traditional denture which has to be removed and cleaned daily.


Where Can You Get Dental Implants in Northwest Indiana?

Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants instead of dental crowns/bridges is an investment in not only a more youthful appearance, but in your long term dental health. Northwest Indiana Dental implants provide a strong, stable foundation that permits comfortable and natural biting and chewing. Whether you are contemplating tooth replacement options or you want to replace old dental bridges or dentures, make an appointment with the experienced dentists of Smiles by Arnold and Associates today. Smiles by Arnold and Associates proudly serve families throughout Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, Wheeler and surrounding Northwest Indiana communities.

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