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October 1, 2021
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Halloween is one of the best nights of the year for young children. They get to dress up as their favorite cartoon character or superhero and go door to door or attend community events where people give them truckloads of candy just for looking adorable. Halloween is one of the most candy-filled holidays of the year, but it doesn’t have to be a spooky venture when it comes to your children’s oral health. There are ways to let them have some treats without wreaking havoc on their teeth.

 

Here are a few tips we have put together to help you and your child enjoy the benefits of trick or treating.

Tip 1: While it’s normal and healthy to indulge in a treat from time to time, your child must understand that candy (just like most other things in life) should only be eaten in moderation.

Tip 2: While it’s always important for your child to brush their teeth before bed, it’s imperative after they’ve been eating sugary candy.

Tip 3: Sugary foods that “hide” between teeth are one of the leading causes of tooth decay and cavities in children. At the same time, many people think that flossing is optional and only for adults, that isn’t the case.

Tip 4: Children have short memories, so limiting the amount of candy your child eats on the days following Halloween is an excellent strategy to ensure they consume less in the following weeks.

Here are the worst candy for your child’s teeth and should be avoided:

  • Taffy
  • Caramel
  • Jaw Breakers
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Sour Candy

 

Halloween is only one day, but keeping your child’s teeth healthy is a year-round job. Make sure children brush and floss every day, eat a healthy diet, and limit sugary treats. Regular dental visits every six months with your Temple family dentist, Dr. Prajapati, will help keep your children’s teeth healthy and strong.

 


September 1, 2021
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Your children look up to you in every way, and the ways they approach the world stem from what you teach them. Because of this, your children’s dental health lies in your hands. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to inspire excellent oral hygiene in children. They can’t process the full extent of what oral hygiene during childhood will accomplish throughout their lives, so brushing and flossing seem like a tedious, pointless step in a day that they could spend somewhere else. Today, our Temple, Texas pediatric dentist discusses how our practice helps make brushing and flossing fun for your kids. A stable foundation of dental knowledge during a child’s development will enable him to better care for their teeth for the rest of their lives.

 

Teeth get covered with plaque every time we eat or drink anything. When bacteria in the plaque break down food into sugars (including starches like pretzels, bread, and pasta), the teeth face an acid attack!  This acid attack leaches minerals out of teeth and weakens their structure. The first sign of this weakening can be chalky-white spots on the teeth. If this process continues, the tooth enamel breaks, and a cavity is born!  Even in baby teeth, untreated cavities can lead to pain and swelling.

Brushing all the surfaces of the teeth to take pesky plaque off takes about 2 minutes.  We know that two minutes can seem like a long time, and not all kids can easily sit through 2 minutes of brushing their teeth. One idea is to get a bright-colored sand timer that will not only get your child excited to brush but will become a game to make sure they brush until the timer ends. Or you can pick a song to listen to and have some fun while brushing. There are many possibilities to get your child to brush for the recommended time. Children respond well to creativity.

Another tactic to keep your child’s interest in oral hygiene is with a new, fun toothbrush. Purchase a special toothbrush for your child that fits smaller hands and features a color or character that your child likes. At Canyon Creek Dentistry, we make brushing fun with themed toothbrushes like Winnie the Pooh and Spiderman. The same sentiment goes for picking out toothpaste. Your child may not be interested in your minty toothpaste, but they will look forward to cleaning their teeth with their strawberry, bubblegum, or watermelon-flavored toothpaste.

If you have older kids, make it competitive. Healthy and friendly competition can be a good incentive for good brushing. If you have more than one child, count up how many “sugar bugs” they get rid of and see who gets the most. The “winner” receives a small prize like a dollar store toy or a sticker. Make sure everyone gets a turn to win, so it stays fun and fair. Another fun competition can have the kids brush until the end of the 2 minutes without stopping. Whoever stops first loses. Giving prizes for brushing without being asked is also an excellent way to provide friendly competition between children and their parents.

 

If your kids learn to think of oral hygiene as a fun and vital part of the day, their dental health attitudes will develop positively. They may even enjoy trips to the dentist! We hope to help every young patient find dental health pleasant. Schedule an appointment today!


August 1, 2021
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This year has been like no other, and one result of the pandemic is that kids have been home for much longer than in a typical year, which means more time for snacking. And, now that summer is here, this means even more snacking. Summertime snacks such as ice cream and popsicles can give your child a break from the heat. But, some summer treats can affect your kid’s teeth and put them at risk for dental problems.

It’s essential to understand how certain foods and beverages affect your child’s teeth so that you can put in place some healthy guidelines for the remainder of the summer and beyond. So, let’s learn the impact that sugar has on teeth, which foods and drinks are good and bad for teeth, ideas for healthy summer treats, and more.

 

The Impact of Sugar

Each of us has bacteria in our mouths, which aren’t bad in and of themselves. Some of these bacteria live on the surface of our teeth, creating a sticky film called plaque. However, when we consume too many sugary foods and beverages, the bacteria mix with the sugar to form acid. Too much of this acid will cause the enamel of our teeth to erode, which will eventually lead to cavities. Since kids are even more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities than adults are, it’s essential to limit the sugary foods your child eats.

Summertime Snacks

Kids love summertime snacks such as ice cream, popsicles, smores, and even drinks like soda, lemonade, and sports drinks. So, let’s take a look at some of those snacks.

Did you know that more ice cream is sold during June and July than at any other time of the year? And, you can see why! All the wonderful flavors of ice cream make it a delicious summertime snack option. Not only are they delicious, but full of sugar. Both ice cream and popsicles are sugar-packed frozen snacks that can increase the risk of cavities and cause tooth sensitivity. Taking a family campaign trip is something else that families do every summer, which means smores! These ooey-gooey campfire favorites pack a punch when it comes to dental health. The sticky melted chocolate mixed with the melted marshmallows lingers around on teeth long after the last ember goes out, making them excellent at attracting bacteria that can cause decay.

Drinks are also something kids turn to in the summer months to cool off, like sports drinks. However, most of these sports drinks contain high levels of sugar, and some are also acidic. This combination of sugar and acid further puts teeth in danger of decay and an unexpected visit to your pediatric dentist in Temple, Texas. Another thing that children love to do during summer is set up a lemonade stand. Lemonade is highly acidic, giving us that dangerous sugar and acid combination. And lastly, you need to watch the soda intake, which is packed with sugar. That’s why water is always the best option to keep your children hydrated during the hot summer months.

Healthy Snacks

While eating the above in moderation is ok (as long as you brush the sugars away from your teeth), there are healthier options for summertime snacks. When looking for yummy, smile-friendly snacks that the whole family will enjoy, consider celery and carrots. The hard, crunchy texture of celery and carrots has a way of scrubbing your child’s teeth clean. And because these vegetables take longer to chew than some other foods, that’s more time that their teeth are being cleaned! Plus, celery and carrots are high in water and fiber content, both of which are practical cleaning qualities. You can also enjoy apples. Apples have a crunchy texture and are high in water and fiber content. By having your child chew at least one apple a day, you can know that their teeth are getting a natural scrubbing! Leafy greens and broccoli are also good options. These vegetables also have a bunch of fiber, along with various vitamins and minerals. Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are high in folic acid, which also benefits your child’s teeth and gums. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese have Calcium, Phosphorus, and Casein. All of these minerals can help to protect your child’s tooth enamel.

 

Just because some of your kid’s summer favorites can increase their risk of tooth decay doesn’t mean you have to avoid them altogether. We recommend enjoying them in moderation, rinsing with water afterward, and always brushing and flossing every day and night. Also, be sure to schedule a regular checkup with the best child dentist in Temple, Texas, Dr. Prajapati.


July 1, 2021
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Most parents make sure their child brushes their teeth. They do their best to limit candy and sugary drinks. And they make sure their son or daughter consumes sufficient amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Some parents go even further and limit between-meal snacks. Despite parents’ best efforts, we here at Canyon Creek Dentistry treat tooth decay in young patients daily.

 

It’s a myth that primary teeth are not essential to take care of; they are the basis for permanent teeth. How the primary teeth are cared for will indicate how adult teeth will also be cared for. Parents demonstrate the importance of proper oral care and lay the foundation for their children. Strong and healthy teeth start with good care in the first formative years of life.

Monkey see monkey do- and that is good practice here when it comes to good habits! When your children see how you take care of your teeth, they will follow. Parents, it is so important to teach your children how to care for their teeth to develop a routine. It is imperative to supervise their toothbrushing in the first years, especially to make sure they use the proper amount of toothpaste and not swallow fluoride. You can lead them to help form the habit of routine care.

Parents should be aware that there are four additional weapons for preventing cavities in young kids and teenagers.

  • Sealants
  • Fluoride supplements
  • Oral rinses
  • Professional dental cleanings

If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Temple area for your child and family, Canyon Creek Dentistry is your best choice. Dr. Prajapati and her professional dental staff are committed to your child’s oral health. We help each child maintain a healthy smile by focusing on preventative care. Schedule an appointment today.


June 1, 2021
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If your child shows signs of having sensitive teeth, it’s important to find the root of the problem. We, your local pediatric dentist in Temple, TX, will be able to give you more solid answers, but it’s good to do your own research so that you can stay well-informed of your child’s condition. We’ve done the hard work for you by answering common questions about your child’s sensitive teeth.

 

What causes children to have sensitive teeth?

There are several reasons as to why your child is suffering from sensitive teeth. Here are the most common culprits:

  • Inefficient tooth brushing leads to weakened gums and enamel
  • Tooth decay caused by cavities
  • Pressure brought on by chronic sinus infections
  • Hairline cracks in the teeth due to grinding or a misaligned bite
  • Metal amalgam fillings that are sensitive to temperature changes
  • Losing baby teeth and the discomfort that follows with the growing adult teeth

 

After pinpointing the specific concern that is causing the sensitivity, we can provide an appropriate treatment to address that problem. For example, a cavity can be filled to eliminate exposure of the tooth’s inner layers. As a result of the treatment, the child is likely to get some relief from the sensitivity.

A dentist should see children suffering from tooth sensitivity for a diagnosis and treatment of the underlying problem. If your child has complained of this problem, contact us to schedule an appointment.


May 3, 2021
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I know you have been told many times to watch your child’s sugar intake. Whether that is the foods they eat or the drinks they drink. Especially now. With COVID-19 hitting everyone pretty hard in 2020 and 2021, maintaining a healthy diet has been harder than ever. Most people are working from home and have more time to access snacks or snacks throughout the day when they normally wouldn’t have. A healthy diet supports a healthy smile. Here are a few good snacks Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, Texas suggests for you and your children.

 

Fruit Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a great way to sneak fruit and veggies into your child’s diet. However, they are also fun to make together, delicious and are great for your teeth. We recommend you use a banana in your smoothie to increase the amount of potassium in it. Potassium is essential to your dental health because it reduces the acidity of your blood and makes sure your bones maintain their calcium amounts. You can also include kiwis and strawberries which are great sources of calcium and vitamin C. We recommend staying away from acidic foods such as lemons, limes, and oranges. Acid can erode away your enamel making you or your child more susceptible to cavities.

Cheese

Cheese is a great source of calcium and it is a delicious snack to keep around your house. Cube cheese, string cheese, and freshly sliced cheese are fun for kids to eat. And let’s face it, we as adults like playing with string cheese as well. Because cheese is full of calcium, this means that it will directly benefit the strength of your teeth and jawbone. Additionally, it’s a great snack for the kids as their dental health needs calcium to ensure proper development.

Nuts

Now, people who have a nut allergy should stay away from nuts. Almonds, walnuts, and cashews are among some of the best nuts to snack on for your dental health. They contain essential vitamins and minerals that help maintain your dental health. Additionally, nuts help encourage saliva production which your mouth needs to remain moist and capable of washing away harmful residues left behind by previous meals. However, be sure to brush your teeth in case any leftover nuts get stuck in the crevices of your teeth.

We know these last couple of years have been hard on everyone. But, that doesn’t mean your oral health should have to suffer. We hope you have some healthy snacks for both you and your children. If it has been a while since your child’s last visit, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Prajapati, today!


April 1, 2021
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Here at Canyon Creek Dentistry, we offer fun, fast, and pain-free dental cleanings that get rid of germs on your child’s teeth to stop tooth decay. We know your child brushes and flosses their teeth twice a day. However, your child also needs teeth cleaning at least twice a year to ensure good oral health. A pediatric dental cleaning is a part of your child’s dental exam. During your kid’s cleaning, one of our experienced hygienists will take away the bad germs, brush their pearly whites, and floss your child’s teeth. Here is what to expect during a dental cleaning at our pediatric dental office in Temple, Texas.

 

Go Away Germs!

Food can turn into plaque. When you don’t brush and floss, plaque (the sticky stuff) turns to tartar. Now, this must be cleared-out by our team. During the first step of the dental cleaning, a Canyon Creek Dentistry hygienist will take away these bad germs from your child’s teeth. To do this, they will use a manual scaler for plaque and a gentle electrical scaler for tartar. Then, the bad germs are gone!

Shine and Sparkle

The second step of dental cleaning is to shine the teeth. We will use a cleaning tool called a prophy cup on your child’s teeth. This looks similar to a toothbrush, but it has a round cup instead of a brush on the end. Inside the cup is a special type of tough toothpaste. At Canyon Creek Dentistry, we have lots of yummy flavors to brush your child’s teeth. Mmmmm! This part of the dental cleaning is painless and will make your child’s teeth shine and sparkle.

Super-Protectors & Oral Health Tips

Once your child’s teeth have been cleaned, Dr. Prajapati may use fluoride or sealant. Both help protect your child’s teeth from decay by coating them with a natural protector. Luckily, our fluoride comes in many different flavors that your child can choose from. Once your child’s teeth have been protected, Dr. Prajapati will go over some good oral habits your child should follow based on the exam

 

Dental cleanings are fast and painless. At Canyon Creek Family Dentistry,, we are dedicated to making a positive space for you and your children. As a reminder, if needed, we only use positive reinforcement, never negative reinforcement, to make your child’s time more enjoyable and safe. We have a caring staff that will help your child with every step of the dental cleaning. Schedule your family dental appointment today.


March 1, 2021
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A happy smile is a healthy smile! Did you know that tooth decay is the single largest cause of school absences? The longer decay goes untreated, the worse it gets. Not only can this mean costlier expenses for you, but it also jeopardizes your child’s oral health and education. There are a number of steps you can take to keep your child’s smile healthy by reducing their risk of developing tooth decay. You can help your child have a healthy, happy smile by taking a few steps to defend against tooth decay at home.

 

Have A Healthy Diet

First, reduce the number of sugary foods and drinks your child ingests. Bacteria feed on sugar. Limit your child’s sugar intake by keeping candy, soft drinks, juices, and other sweets to a minimum. We suggest you reduce carbohydrate intake as well. So, limit grains, beans, seeds, and nuts in your child’s diet when possible. These foods can lead to the demineralization of your teeth and bones due to their acidic content. Consider adding foods high in minerals and vitamins to your kid’s diet such as apples, leafy greens, celery, or carrots. Dairy products are excellent sources of calcium, particularly cheese, yogurt, and milk. Calcium helps to build strong bones and teeth. Increasing the amount of calcium in your child’s diet can help strengthen tooth enamel, one of the natural defenses against decay. Also, be sure to brush or rinse your child’s mouth regularly especially after eating sugary foods.

Brush & Floss Regularly

One of the best steps you can take for your child is to help them establish a daily brushing routine. Routine brushing at least twice a day followed by flossing and a mouth rinse is the optimal at-home dental care routine. Your child should brush for at least two minutes each time in the morning and at night. Make sure you buy a soft bristle toothbrush that is small enough to reach every tooth. You can even try brushing at the same time each day so that it becomes a habit. We also strongly recommend that you monitor your children to make sure they are brushing correctly and safely. It’s important that children avoid swallowing toothpaste or mouthwash.

Routine Check-ups & Dental Sealants

Coming in for routine pediatric dental exams in Temple, Texas is important. Here at Canyon Creek Dentistry, we recommend having your child come in twice a year or every 6 months. Your child should start seeing a dentist as soon as their first tooth emerges. And just as important, your child will have an easier time “warming up” to the dental office environment at a younger age than if you wait. Dental visit anxiety, on the other hand, could continue into adulthood and interfere with regular dental care. Furthermore, while at your child’s dental appointment, ask about getting dental sealants. Dental sealants are a layer of plastic-like material that coats the top surface of the tooth which helps protect the hard-to-reach teeth in the back of their mouths. Sealants protect the crevices in the tooth where bacteria reside and minimize exposure of the tooth to harmful acids and sugars that wear down enamel.

If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Temple, Texas, look no further. Here at Canyon Creek Dentistry, we specialize in children’s dentistry. We would love to see your whole family. If it has been a while since your child’s last dental visit, schedule an appointment today!


February 1, 2021
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February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day. In celebration of this day, we want to share our top Tooth Fairy tips for parents like you to use. We know that being “mom” or “dad” is a big enough job as it is. However, parents often wear many hats. Kids get excited about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. But, when your kid loses their first tooth, they get to be excited about the Tooth Fairy!

 

Whether you are a first-time Tooth Fairy or a veteran Tooth Fairy, we have created a guide to what all the Tooth Fairy entails. From where the Tooth Fairy came from to any other questions your little one may have, it’s better to be prepared and we are here to help.

 

First, how did the Tooth Fairy come to be? Believe it or not, it started as a little mouse that would come in the middle of the night and take your little child’s teeth. This was popular in countries like China, Russia, and Spain. However, in 1927 Esther Watkins Arnold wrote a book called, “The Tooth Fairy: Three Act Playlet for Children” which expanded the tooth fairy lore which was later popularized by Walt Disney into one of his characters which is what we know today as the Tooth Fairy.

 

Next, what are some common Tooth Fairy traditions? Most children are taught to leave their tooth under their pillow when they go to sleep that night. During the night, the Tooth Fairy will come into the room, remove the tooth from under the pillow, and leave behind money or a gift for the tooth. The gift does not have to be money. That can be up to you and what tradition you might want to set. We have seen some Tooth Fairy’s leave a special, personalized note. This is a great way to thank the child for leaving their baby teeth for the Tooth Fairy. It is also a great way to scatter in good oral hygiene habits like keep brushing and flossing. However, be sure to have someone else write the note so that your child doesn’t recognize your handwriting. 

 

If you are deciding to leave money, how much money should the Tooth Fairy leave? Some kids get super lucky and have been left $20! However, the normal amount of money the Tooth Fairy leaves is between $1-$5 dollars. But, that is up to you. If you decide to leave a gift besides money, you could leave behind a toothbrush, fun toothpaste, a coloring book, or even a toy. The gift is up to you.

 

If you have any other questions about the Tooth Fairy, when you come to see our pediatric dentist at Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, Texas, we can answer any questions you may have. Or, Dr. Kinnari can even talk to your child about Tooth Fairy and help get them excited about this wonderful tradition. Be sure to schedule your appointment today.


January 1, 2021
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Your child’s safety is your number one priority. We here at Canyon Creek Dentistry understand that. You watch what your child eats, what toys they play with, what friends they hang out with, etc. Your main concern is what can be harmful to your child. This also includes healthcare practices. 

 

One main concern we hear is if dental x-rays are safe for my child. First, dental x-rays are essential for detecting tooth decay, they help us see any underlying issues with your child’s teeth, jaw, and gum tissue, and they allow us to get an accurate diagnosis to help plan the best course of action. But is it safe for children? The reason to ask is because x-rays are an invisible form of electromagnetic radiation that can penetrate human tissue. As with other forms of radiation, elevated or frequent exposure to x-rays could damage tissue and increase the future risk of cancer. 

 

Americans receive an average radiation dose of about 0.62 rem (620 mrem) annually, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports. Meanwhile, the ADA notes that dental radiographs account for roughly 2.5% of the effective radiation dose received from all medical radiography and fluoroscopy (medical X-ray imaging procedures). While there is potential for harm, Dr. Prajapati takes great care to never expose our patients, especially children, to a harmful level or frequency of radiation. Here at Canyon Creek Dentistry, we incorporate a number of safeguards based on a principle followed by all healthcare professionals in regard to x-rays called ALARA, an acronym that stands for “as low as reasonably achievable.” This means we use as low an exposure of x-ray energy as is needed. And, we only use x-rays when absolutely necessary. 

 

Why does my child need dental x-rays? If your child suffered a mouth injury, we use x-rays to monitor the injury to ensure proper healing and recovery. X-rays also help us identify any oral infections. Cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other oral infections can be detrimental to your child’s smile. Getting x-rays allows Dr. Prajapati to catch these infections early. And, x-rays help us determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary. 

 

At Canyon Creek Dentistry, we strive to provide safe, effective dental care for both children and adults. As part of our commitment to our patients and their health and well-being, we use state-of-the-art x-ray technologies to help protect kids and adults from radiation exposure. Are dental x-rays safe? They certainly are at Canyon Creek Dentistry! At our office, we think every dental visit should be as extraordinary as your child, and this includes sensible, as-needed dental x-rays. Schedule your pediatric dental appointment today.


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