At Creating Smiles, PC, we gladly welcome patients of all ages, so if you have any growing smiles at home, know that we’re ready to take care of them, too. Many of our team members are parents themselves, so we’ll know just how to keep your child comfortable while we safeguard their teeth and guide their oral development. We’ll make sure they feel confident about their smile for years to come, and to get started, just give us a call today for children's dentistry in Valparaiso, IN.
We recommend that your child should start getting regular checkups and cleanings around the time their first tooth comes in, or close to their first birthday. These appointments will initially just consist of a gentle exam, and as your child grows and becomes more comfortable, we’ll start to add dental cleanings into the mix. Also, at every visit, we’ll take a little time to talk about their oral hygiene so they can start to form healthy habits as early as possible.
Dental sealants allow us to protect a child’s most vulnerable teeth—the molars and premolars in the back. Because of their location and deeply grooved surfaces, they are the perfect place for plaque to become trapped and be missed while brushing, leading to cavities. With a sealant, we simply cover these teeth with a thin layer of dental plastic, stopping anything from settling on the enamel that would do it harm. They only take minutes to apply but can easily last for over a decade.
Whenever your child gets a dental cleaning, we’ll conclude the procedure by applying a highly-concentrated fluoride solution to their teeth. This will help strengthen the enamel and make it more resistant to decay, lowering their overall risk for cavities. This treatment is great for patients of all ages, but it’s especially helpful for children who are still learning how to brush effectively. It only takes a minute, but the benefits will last all the way until your child’s next cleaning!
Should your child develop a cavity, we have a quick and easy treatment that will make it virtually disappear. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin that can be specially shaded to match your child’s tooth, meaning once we place it, no one will notice it’s there. This treatment also allows us to preserve more healthy enamel compared to traditional fillings, leading to a stronger, longer-lasting repair overall.
Dental injuries are extremely common in all types of sports, so to make sure your child’s teeth end a game in the exact same condition that they started, they need to wear a mouthguard. Store bought guards can be uncomfortable and unhelpful, but a custom-made appliance from Creating Smiles, PC can give your child the fit they want and the protection they need. Each one is specially shaped for an individual’s smile, and it will give you one less thing to worry about while on the sidelines.
Do you have a child with mental, physical, behavioral, or sensory special needs? If so, they are more than welcome to our dental office, and we’ll make any accommodations necessary to ensure a safe, calm, and productive appointment. Our team has years of experience working with special smiles, and we can use sedation dentistry to ensure any dental fears won’t be a factor. Give us a call, tell us about your child, and we’ll take care of the rest!