We place a lot of emphasis on prevention here at Creating Smiles, PC because we’d much rather stop a problem before it starts rather than have to fix it later. For our patients, this approach leads to healthier teeth, shorter appointments, and lower treatment costs—what’s not to like? You and your loved ones only need to come see us twice a year to largely avoid cavities and gum disease, so to schedule a checkup and cleaning, contact us today for preventie dentistry in Valparaiso, IN.
During your first visit, you will be greeted by our friendly front office staff, and we’ll then take X-rays of your mouth. Dr. Kapers will examine your mouth and inform you about any dental services you may need. We will always educate you about your dental needs before launching into any treatment. We can schedule new patients typically within a week from the time they call! Most dental offices require at least four to six weeks to see new patients.
Dr. Kapers will examine every part of your mouth looking for damage or decay, and if he finds anything, he’ll be able to treat it right away. Regular exams help us take care of minor problems before they can become major headaches, and professional cleanings from a hygienist can stop them from ever developing in the first place. Their special tools are able to polish teeth in such a way that it makes it more difficult for harmful plaque and tartar to stick to them.
Oral cancer isn’t talked about much in the media, but it’s actually one of the deadliest varieties, claiming about one life each and every hour. During your checkups, your dentist will take a few minutes to search for any lesions, sores, or growths that could indicate cancer. Early detection and treatment is the best strategy for beating oral cancer, and by getting these screenings at least once a year, we can prevent this terrible disease from sneaking up on you or a loved one.
Once we are done cleaning your teeth, we’ll briefly cover the enamel with a fluoride-rich solution. This will restore minerals to your teeth that have been stripped away due to plaque and acids in the foods you eat, dramatically lowering your risk for cavities. The treatment only takes a minute, but you’ll enjoy the benefits the entire time between appointments. This is especially helpful for people who are prone to developing decay.
“Bruxism” might not be familiar to you, but maybe the symptoms are: flat, worn down teeth, and a sore jaw and headaches in the morning. It’s actually unconscious teeth grinding that occurs while someone is asleep, which can be tremendously damaging if ignored. Fortunately, we can provide patients with small nightguards that are worn to bed. These mouthpieces fit over the teeth and keep them separated throughout the night, preventing any harmful contact.