Valparaiso (219) 531-8914
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Valparaiso, IN 46385
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1830 South 11th Street
Chesterton, IN 46304

July 25, 2015

Smiles by Arnold: The Implant Dentist Northwest Indiana Turns to for Complete Smiles

ThinkstockPhotos-177257483Did you know that more than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 178 million people are missing at least one tooth? And as baby boomers age, those numbers are expected to increase over the next 20 years. If you happen to be one in those millions, then you know the problems that accompany missing teeth. You may be reluctant to smile; maintaining a healthy diet can be more challenging because you can’t easily chew many foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables; and you may even have difficulty speaking clearly. Fortunately, there is a tooth replacement option that closely resembles the structure and appearance of a natural tooth.  If you have one or more missing teeth, then consider dental implants from Smiles by Arnold with offices in Chesterton, IN, as well as Valparaiso, IN.

Dental Implants Northwest Indiana Trusts

Unlike the other tooth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges, dental implants restore both the crown—the visible portion of a tooth—as well as the root. Moreover, with proper care including good oral hygiene at home and regular checkups with your dentist at Smiles by Arnold, an implant can last for a lifetime.

When you come to the implant dentist Valparaiso relies on for complete restorative care, we’ll make sure you don’t have any other oral health problems that would need addressing before we begin the dental implant procedure. Once we determine that you are a qualified candidate, the first step toward your new and complete smile is minor oral surgery. During this procedure, one of our dentists surgically implants a small titanium post in the jaw bone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. If you have more than one missing tooth, then we can strategically place several posts to firmly hold a denture or bridge in place. As you heal, the bone grows over the post, creating a solid foundation for your new tooth restoration. In addition, this biocompatible post encourages new bone growth, helping you avoid the sunken face that many people with missing teeth have.

When you’re completely healed, our doctors will either cement a durable replacement tooth to the post or attach a full or partial denture. Your ability to speak properly, chew your favorite meals, and smile fully will be restored.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’d like to have a consultation about dental implants or any of our other restorative treatments, 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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July 15, 2015

Brushing and Flossing According to the Dentist Valparaiso, IN, Depends on for Healthy Smiles

As the family dentist Northwest Indiana trusts, Dr. Jim Arnold and his team of dentists and hygienists want to be your partners in helping you enjoy the best dental and oral health. That’s why we’d like to offer our patients in Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, and the surrounding communities a few tips on how best to brush and floss your teeth. We all know that your home hygiene routine is essential, but that routine is only as effective as your technique. So, what does it take to brush and floss your teeth well? Let’s find out.

Brushing and Flossing Properly

ThinkstockPhotos-480320367Always use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Soft bristles clean well, and unlike hard bristles that may scratch the enamel surface of your teeth, soft bristles are gentle on your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that has been proven to strengthen enamel, thereby helping you avoid tooth decay.

Brush your teeth for at least two minutes. Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth surface. Be sure to brush the sides and chewing surface of each tooth, using a short back-and-forth motion. Brushing the interior side of your front teeth—both upper and lower—is especially important, because tartar can build up here. Finally, don’t forget to brush your tongue in order to remove bacteria and maintain fresh breath.

ThinkstockPhotos-518877729Floss in between teeth to remove plaque and food residues. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth, because doing so removes bacteria and food particles that may be trapped between your teeth. Use about 18 inches of floss, gently let your index fingers and thumbs guide the floss between your teeth. Wrap the floss around each tooth and gently follow the curves of your teeth as you move the floss up and down. Then floss the other side. Flossing helps to remove sticky plaque that can accumulate between teeth and cause tooth decay or gum disease.Small interdental brushes help floss around dental implants, fixed bridgework and wire and bracket braces.

Change your toothbrush regularly. The American Dental Association recommends changing out your toothbrush every three months. And be sure to throw away your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold or the flu.

Call Our Office Today

Of course, regular dental exams and cleanings are important, too. If you’d like to learn more about oral hygiene at home, or if you need to schedule a checkup, call Smiles by Arnold, the family dentist Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, rely on for healthy and happy smiles. We also conveniently serve people from Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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June 25, 2015

Visit the finest Valparaiso and Chesterton, IN family dentist: Smiles by Arnold & Associates

Filed under: Family,Family Dentistry — tntwp @ 2:04 pm

Sealants protect young molars against cavities.Not only do adults need excellent dental care, but kids and teens do as well. Check-ups, x-rays, and cleanings ensure good oral health by detecting cavities, gum disease, bite problems and even oral cancers at their earliest stages. Restoration and cosmetic improvements round out the dental services offered by Smiles by Arnold, Valparaiso and Chesterton, IN family dentists.

A founder of the World Institute for Dental Education, Dr. Jim Arnold brings a wealth of skills, training and high quality tools and materials to his family dental offices in Valparaiso and Chesterton, Indiana. He joins with his team of associate dentists, Doctors Lisa Shideler, Natalie Wargo and Leslie Clevenger, to devote time, compassion and experience to the practice of family dentistry.

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Conquer Your Fear with the Sedation Dentist Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN, Trust

ThinkstockPhotos-470830204Fear is a funny emotion. Have you ever noticed that once you do the thing you fear, you don’t fear it anymore? For example, with encouragement you could probably ride that roller coaster that looks like so much fun if you could just get past that first enormous drop! And you could probably have the smile of your dreams if you could overcome your fear of the dentist and the dentist’s office. But who will help you conquer that fear? Well, believe it or not, the dentist may be the best person for that. At Smiles by Arnold in Chesterton, IN, and Valparaiso, IN, our dentists and their team use sedation dentistry to quiet your fear and anxiety, so you can have the general, restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatments you need.

If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, then you’re not alone. Conservative estimates reveal that between nine and 20 percent of Americans avoid the dentist because of fear or anxiety. And the reasons people fear the dentist are varied:

  • Fear of pain, which usually results from an early dental experience that left a lingering memory
  • Fear of the equipment in a dentist’s office, including the drill as well as needles for injections and other sharp instruments
  • Fear of anesthesia, or that feeling of numbness that a local anesthetic causes
  • Fear of embarrassment and the loss of your personal space when the dentist or dental hygienist is working so close to your face

Sedation Dentistry Northwest Indiana Depends on from Smiles by Arnold

Our number one priority at Smiles by Arnold is to help you have a healthy and beautiful smile. So, if fear is keeping you from that, then please talk to one of us. Sometimes, just knowing exactly what will take place during your appointment can calm your fear. However, when talking about your fear just isn’t enough, we have a sedation dentistry treatment that can do the trick.

With oral conscious sedation, one of our dentists prescribe a mild anti-anxiety medication that you will take at a predetermined time before your appointment. With this little pill, you’ll be able to relax and have the dental work you need. You may even doze off during your procedure. A word of caution: oral conscious sedation requires you to have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment.

Call Our Office Today

To schedule an appointment with the sedation dentist Valparaiso, IN, and Chesterton, IN, turn to for the best dental care, call smiles by Arnold today. We also conveniently serve people from Portage, Porter, La Porte, Michigan City, and Wheeler and nearby NWI cities.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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