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

April 24, 2015

For Sleep Apnea, Northwest Indiana turns to Smiles by Arnold

474189791If you can’t remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep, because you or the person next to you snores, then the solution may not be sleeping on the couch. The cure, in fact, may be sleep apnea therapy. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition and one of the more common—and noisier—symptoms is snoring. For sleep apnea, Northwest Indiana trusts the treatment provided by the dentists and staff at Smiles by Arnold in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN.

Sleep Apnea is actually the cessation of breathing while a person sleeps. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. In this case, soft tissue in the throat, and especially the tongue, relax during sleep and tend to fall back, blocking the airway. As the diameter of the airway shrinks, the result is snoring. And while the person snoring may not recognize this insufficient amount of oxygen, the brain certainly does and awakens the body to restart breathing. Believe it or not, this can happen over and over again throughout the night up to 100 times! That adds up to a lot of missed sleep. No wonder people with sleep apnea often complain of exhaustion during the day.

Daytime sleepiness isn’t the only side effect of sleep apnea. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure, stroke and cardiovascular disease
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression
  • Acid reflux
  • Dry mouth
  • Impaired concentration
  • Impotence

Treating Sleep Apnea: Northwest Indiana Chooses Smiles by Arnold

For years, the most reliable treatment for sleep apnea has been a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine. The fact of the matter is, however, most patients don’t like to wear a CPAP. Alternatively, we can fabricate an oral appliance that will help open your airway and reduce the severity of your sleep apnea. These oral appliances work by shifting your lower jaw forward, thereby preventing your tongue and throat tissue from falling back and blocking your airway.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you suspect that you or someone near and dear may have sleep apnea, 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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April 10, 2015

Smiles by Arnold: The Family Dentist Valparaiso Depends On

ThinkstockPhotos-494378319Whether your family is large or small, young or elderly, you want to be able to bring everyone to one family dentist for all the dental care they need. The family dentist Valparaiso residents trust to give all the members of their family professional and compassionate service is Smiles by Arnold in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN.

As a family dentist, Smiles by Arnold offers a comprehensive menu of dental treatments. Beginning with the youngest members of your family, the dentists at Smiles by Arnold would like to start seeing your children for biannual checkups around the time that they are three years old. And although we certainly take their oral health seriously, we don’t think that necessarily means they can’t have any fun while at the dentist. Our office has a Sony PlayStation in the reception room and Gameboy in the treatment room. So, while they’re busy playing, we’ll be busy cleaning their teeth, examining their gums and teaching them how best to brush their teeth at home.

The Family Dentist Valparaiso Trusts for Adult and Senior Dental Care

For the adults in your family, we offer a comprehensive menu of preventive treatments that help you maintain a healthy smile through the years. As with children, we want to see our adult patients every six months for checkups, too. In addition to cleaning your teeth and evaluating your gum tissue, these regularly scheduled visits allow us to accurately compare the overall condition of your oral health from one visit to the next, so we can more readily recognize concerns.

If one of our dentists does find something requiring additional treatment, then rest assured we have a comprehensive menu of restorative services ranging from tooth-colored fillings if you have a cavity to crown and bridge or dentures for anyone with missing teeth.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you or anyone else in your family needs dental care, then call the family dentist Valparaiso trusts the most—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 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 – 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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