Children’s Dentistry in Valparaiso and St. John, Indiana

At Creating Smiles, we welcome patients of all ages for dental treatment, and go the extra mile to make their experiences as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Dr. Kapers and his team of dental hygienists and assistants work together to create a child-friendly environment that takes the uncertainty out of dental visits, and help to educate children and their parents about appropriate dental practices. We look forward to assisting you with your child’s dental needs and teaching them about the importance of preventive care so they can enjoy having a bright, healthy smile for many years to come.

Are you ready to schedule your child’s first dental appointment? Call us or schedule online!

Or call our St. John office at (219) 322-9920
or our Valpo office at (219) 462-1970

children's dentistry in st. john and valparaiso, in

Why Routine Dental Checkups are Essential for Children

As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, it’s time to consult with a dentist about their dental care. Starting early gives our team the ability to monitor your child’s jaw development and bite, and recommend the necessary treatment/procedure if correction is necessary. Additionally, regular checkups ensure that we’ll catch any potential issues and treat them while they’re still minor.

Another reason we recommend regular dental visits for kids is that until they reach age 14, their tooth enamel has yet to fully harden and protect the teeth adequately. This is why so many children are prone to cavities.

young girl showing dentist her missing tooth

Protect Your Child’s Teeth with Sealants

The deep crevices of the molars are vulnerable to decay because a toothbrush can’t reach in far enough to remove all the food debris. These areas are ideal for plaque formation and the proliferation of bacteria. A simple solution to this problem is to apply a sealant to cover the crevices and create a smooth surface that’s easy for your child to clean with a toothbrush. The sealant material is thin but sturdy, and can last up to 10 years.

young boy at the dentist

The Importance of Fluoride Treatment

While children are still in the process of developing good dental care habits at home, fluoride treatment can reinforce the strength of their tooth enamel, which can be damaged by plaque and bacteria. Right after your child’s dental cleaning, we will treat their teeth with a highly-concentrated fluoride solution to help restore their enamel and provide further protection against cavities.

Repairing Cavities with Fillings

Children are prone to cavities, so it’s important to keep up with their regular dental checkups and cleanings. If we find that your child has a cavity, we can treat it with fillings. At Creating Smiles, PC, we use tooth-colored fillings that blend into the natural tooth and replace damaged enamel. It’s a quick and easy solution, and it’s painless, too.

Providing Comfortable, Low-Stress Dentistry for Children with Special Needs

Taking care of your child’s teeth when they have mental, physical, behavioral, or sensory special needs comes with its own set of challenges, but we’re here to help. Dr. Kapers and his team offer a wealth of experience and have access to the best technology available to make dental appointments easier for everyone. We offer sedation dentistry to make dental procedures more relaxing, and we’ll be glad to offer any other accommodations as needed to ensure that your child receives the care they need in a friendly, comfortable environment.

To find out how we can help your child feel more at ease and receptive to dental treatment, call us today.

We Can Provide Mouth Guards, Too

Kids who lead active lives and participate in sports are more prone to mouth injuries. To protect their smiles, we can provide custom-made mouth guards that fit them securely and comfortably at all times, so they can keep having fun and you can rest easy knowing they’re a little bit safer.

youth hockey player