Blog | Canyon Creek Dentistry

December 1, 2020
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Fluoride has the incredible ability to reduce tooth decay in both adults and children. It can help to repair minor tooth decay while decay is still in its early stages. When your child doesn’t get enough fluoride, it can lead to an increase in dental cavities and other health issues. Not all US states have fluoride in the water. While most toothpaste contains fluoride, you can never be too sure. But, what is it about fluoride that makes it so essential to teeth? And, how can you ensure that your child is getting enough of it?

 

Fluoride is most popularly known as “Nature’s Cavity Fighter.” Children are often prone to getting cavities. This happens due to eating sugary foods and drinks, as well as not properly brushing. Fluoride helps strengthen teeth and makes it harder for bacteria to enter the teeth. It helps the minerals that the decayed tooth lost to come together and even reverse the decaying process.

 

So, how can you help introduce more fluoride for your child? If you live in a state that has fluoride in the water, encourage them to drink from the tap. You can also have your child use toothpaste and mouth rinse that has fluoride in it. However, it is important to watch your child carefully to ensure they don’t swallow the toothpaste or rinse. Fluoride supplements are also available. These little tablets are a safe and easy way for your child’s teeth to grow stronger. 

 

Here at Canyon Creek Dentistry, we also offer fluoride treatment in Temple, Texas. We will gently brush the entire surface of your child’s teeth to help ensure full coverage. It also comes in a variety of flavors to help make the experience more enjoyable. If you think that your child may need some more fluoride, contact us today!


November 1, 2020
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Oral hygiene is the cornerstone of dental care and it should begin when your child’s first tooth comes in. As a parent, it is important to support your child’s oral care with daily hygiene and regular dental visits for disease prevention and treatment. There are also habits you should practice (or avoid) that support good oral hygiene for your child.

 

First, ensure they don’t neglect their oral hygiene. This starts as an infant. Before they even have teeth it is important to take a damp cloth and gently rub around your child’s gums. As they grow, make sure that you set a daily routine to clean their teeth. They should brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time. 

 

Second, reduce the amount of sugary food and drinks they consume. Besides the effect it has on overall health, sugar is also a prime food source for disease-causing oral bacteria. You can reduce the sugar available for bacterial growth by avoiding sugary snacks and limiting sweet foods to mealtimes. Less sugar means less bacterial growth—and a lower risk of tooth decay for your child.

 

Third, make sure they have regular dental checkups. Visiting the dentist is important. You should schedule a cleaning and exam every 6 months to ensure proper oral care. Starting dental visits early will help you stay ahead of any developing tooth decay or other oral hygiene problems. 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.

 

Here at Canyon Creek Dentistry, your child’s smile is important to us. We always make sure our patients are happy and comfortable. If it is your child’s first visit to the dentist or if you are trying to get back on track with their dental visits, we are here for you. Be sure to schedule an appointment today.


October 1, 2020
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School is just now starting back up for most of the country. It’s exciting to start a new year. You get new clothes, a new backpack, new school supplies, plus more! While you’re out buying new school supplies and freshening up your kids’ wardrobes, why not freshen up their oral health supplies as well?

 

First, it might be time for a new toothbrush. The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months, or more frequently if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do as good a job cleaning teeth. And with all of the cartoon characters and superheroes available on toothbrushes, picking one out can be just as fun as choosing a new lunchbox or notebook!

 

Don’t forget the dental floss. It is important to floss daily. Most people tend to forget to floss. However, flossing is important but for most kids, it’s not “fun”. Floss does come in different flavors. Taking your kids to the store to pick out a flavor could encourage them to floss. Or, they don’t have to use the spool of floss, there are dental picks and other disposable tools that are made for flossing. Plus, they come in all kinds of fun shapes and colors.

 

Are your kids into sports? Well, with any contact sport, it is important to protect your mouth. If your kids play football, hockey, soccer, boxing, karate, or any other contact sport, a mouthguard should be used. Sports-related dental injuries account for more than six hundred thousand emergency room visits each year. If your child wears braces, a mouthguard may be particularly important. Custom-made mouthguards are the right kind to use because they are made from a mold of their mouth, so it will fit perfectly. Luckily enough, we make them in-house. Go ahead and schedule an appointment with us today to get one made for your child. 

 

Don’t forget about getting a check-up and cleaning before going back to school. A fresh, clean mouth will go great with their fresh new clothes. Plus, it is important to be cavity-free. Getting an appointment before school starts needs to be on your checklist. 

 

Back to school is an exciting time of year! While you are out and about doing your back to school shopping, don’t forget about your kid’s oral health as well. Schedule an appointment with us today. And, have a safe and healthy return to school!


September 1, 2020
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We all know that when a tooth is lost due to tooth decay, it can have major consequences on your child’s dental health as well as self-confidence. Tooth loss can interfere with their nutrition, their speech, and their social interaction. We always encourage our patients to floss daily and brush twice a day to help protect their teeth and gums. However, that is not always enough. That is why dental sealants are a great way to prevent tooth decay.

What are dental sealants? Well, dental sealants are a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your child’s back teeth. They have been around for decades. Here at Canyon Creek Dentistry, we encourage children to get sealants to help cavities from forming. Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. And, according to the CDC, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.” 

 

So how effective are sealants in preventing tooth decay? Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.

 

How do they work? Well, we apply these resin or glass-like material coatings to the pits and crevices of your child’s teeth (especially molars) to help prevent the buildup of bacterial plaque in areas where bacteria tend to thrive. And, the best part is that it is a simple and pain-free process. First, we brush the liquid sealant onto the teeth’s surface and then use a special curing light to harden the sealant and create a durable seal.

 

We strive to prevent tooth decay in children. If you are thinking about getting dental sealants in Temple, Texas for your child, call us here at Canyon Creek Dentistry and schedule an appointment, today! 


August 3, 2020
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Although pediatric and family dentists are often confused, they are not the same.

Pediatric dentists receive the same education and training as general dentists. However, they also undergo two years of post-training after dental school. This Post-training equips the dentist with knowledge of treatment and management of a child’s teeth, behavior, physical growth and development, and special needs of pediatric dentistry.

 

What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?

Our kids’ dentist is skilled in handling children. Our goal is to make your child comfortable and make their experience enjoyable. Here at Canyon Creek, we specialize in:

  • Preventive dental care
  • Infant dental exam that includes dental caries risk assessment for mother and child
  • Habit counseling like pacifier use or thumb sucking
  • Repair of teeth cavities or decay
  • Early assessment and orthodontic treatment for straightening the teeth
  • Management of gum disease
  • Diagnostic of the dental condition associated with diabetes or asthma etc.
  • Care for dental injuries

 

Which is Better, a Pediatric Dentist in Temple, Texas, or a General Dentist?

In reality, neither a general dentist nor a pediatric dentist is better than the other. It truly depends on the patient and what you are looking for. When choosing a dentist for your child or your family, we recommend visiting the dental practice in person. Here at Canyon Creek, we encourage you to come in for a preliminary visit to speak with Dr. Kinnari, our staff, and to get to know the office. You can then decide if you are comfortable or not and if it is the right choice for your family.

 

Other differences you may notice between a general dentistry office and a pediatric dentistry office is the child focus. Of course, pediatric dentists are completely dedicated to children. You will notice that we have toys and games for your child to play with. We make sure that our office is bright and fun so that it can put your child at ease. A general dentist caters to all ages, and the majority of patients may be adults. In the end, it all comes down to your comfort level and your child’s comfort. Pick a dentist that is right for you!

 

Good dental and oral hygiene starts when the child is an infant, and visiting us regularly will ensure that your child’s primary teeth are free of decay and are healthy. Plus, Dr. Kinnari will teach the child the proper way to brush and floss to maintain their oral hygiene. Schedule an appointment today!


July 1, 2020
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We often get asked if you should take your infant to the dentist. The answer is yes! It is recommended that children come see us before the age of 1. According to a study, 70% of parents mistakenly think that when their children still have baby teeth it is not necessary to go to the dentist. 

 

If your child is an infant, we like to see that the teeth are starting to come incorrectly. We can even show you how to properly “brush” your infant’s gums and teeth. When your child’s first tooth comes in(between 5 to 12 months), you can start cleaning their teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush and use a damp cloth to clean their gums. 

 

For all children, the first dental visit is an important appointment. This is where we show kids that going to the dentist is not scary. We will give your child a tour, let them sit in the dental chair, and we show them all the cool toys (our dental tools) that we get to use. We will count your child’s teeth and see how many cavities they might have.

 

It’s also important to not wait until your child’s teeth are causing pain. Like we said, 70% of parents make the mistake of not taking their child to the dentist. Be proactive and schedule an appointment today. However, even if your child does not have a toothache taking them to the dentist at a very young age is a great way to get your child acclimated to us. It also allows us to correct any poor oral habits and introduce early teeth brushing habits.

 

When children have cavities, infections, or any other oral illnesses, the results can be negative, leading to deficiencies in nutrition, language development, pain, and often problems with their self-esteem. That is why you should always start taking your child to the dentist when they are infants. It is important to set healthy habits while they are young to keep them strong and healthy. We would love to see your children. Schedule your first appointment with Canyon Creek Dentistry today.


June 1, 2020
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Preventing tooth decay in toddlers can help them later in life. Did you know that it’s estimated that by age four almost 25% of children have, or have had, a cavity? Bacteria that live in your mouth feed off the sugar and eat the enamel off the teeth. We see this most often in people who have poor brushing habits and in those who have high sugar diets.

 

We see tooth decay in toddlers because they have a brushing correctly one their own. We also mentioned diet. A lot of toddlers are picky eaters and these self-imposed dietary restrictions can create a limited diet full of starchy, sugary foods. So, how can you prevent early childhood tooth decay?

 

  • As soon as your child’s first tooth comes in, it is important to schedule a dentist appointment..
  • When your child is an infant, clean their mouth by using a soft cloth to wipe their gums.
  • Baby bottle tooth decay is a very real thing. Never let your baby or toddler go to bed with a bottle, a sippy cup of juice, or milk. The sugars found in those drinks will cause cavities.
  • Help your child brush their teeth. Children are often uncoordinated and have a hard time reaching places.

 

As a parent, you’re laying the groundwork for your child’s oral hygiene habits for the rest of their life. Establishing good oral health habits at an early age will prevent tooth decay in their baby teeth and the habits your child learns will stick with them throughout their life. If you think your child might have a cavity, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today!


May 4, 2020
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If you or your child is an athlete, it is important to always protect the teeth. Many different types of accidents can occur when you are playing sports. And, if your teeth aren’t protected, you take the risk of chipping or even losing a tooth. Here are some of our top four recommendations to help you keep your smiles healthy.

 

  1. Develop good oral habits. This includes brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day. We here at Canyon Creek Dentistry recommend keeping a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with your athletic gear. Especially if it is an overnight competition, it is important to remember to take care of your teeth.

 

  1. Skip the sports drinks and opt for water. Drinking water will help wash away the residual sugars left on your teeth by sports drinks or foods. It is not always easy to eat healthy while on the road or at away games, but one thing you can do is to always choose water. 

 

  1. Eat healthier snacks. Eat nuts such as almonds and walnuts.  Also, cheese can be a good source of protein and calcium. Eating apples can also give you the sugars and energy you need without the sugar spike.  Second, eating apples cleanse your teeth naturally.

 

  1. Don’t skip your dental checkups. As athletes, keeping in optimal health is important so that you aren’t distracted by any bodily ailments from keeping you in top performance. Visit us twice a year. Attending your checkup, we will help detect and treat decay as well as to detect early signs of gingivitis. And, depending on your sport, we can even discuss mouth protection devices such as mouth guards to help prevent accidental trauma while participating in sports activities.

 

So, as an athlete, it is important to protect your smile. These are just some easy steps that you can take to help improve your oral hygiene. If you have missed your appointment or if you need to schedule one, Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, Texas. We can’t wait to see you.


April 1, 2020
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Pediatric dentists and medical experts agree children should have their first dental checkup by the time their first teeth come in, or no later than their first birthday. While it may seem extremely early, there are some very good reasons for this recommendation.

 

Pinpoint Developmental Concerns

Even at a very young age, there can be signs of developing oral anatomy that may impact your child’s future adult smile. A good children’s dentist can help you to address these risk factors at your child’s first dental checkup before they cause problems or need more extensive treatment further down the road. Examples can include everything from removing mil teeth to soft tissue frenectomies or providing growth modification to aid in proper jaw development and speech.

 

Prevent Common Problems

Many dental conditions that can go overlooked until it’s too late. Especially because baby teeth decay at alarmingly faster rates than adult teeth. Regular dental checkups allow us to screen for warning signs such as premature tooth loss or inflammation that can impact developing permanent teeth.

 

Parent Education

We here at Canyon Creek Dentistry will give you important information and tools at your child’s first dental checkup to use to help you keep your child’s smile healthy. This may include nutritional counseling, tips on oral hygiene, or even assisting you and your child with managing habits like thumb sucking.

 

A Familiarity With The Dental Office

Unfortunately, many children’s first trip to the dentist revolved around pain from an accident or a toothache. When your son or daughter gets to experience fun, pain-free preventive visits regularly, they associate dental checkups as events that are actually enjoyable. A  bad first impression can make it to where your child always links dentists with pain. We strive to make every visit enjoyable.

 

Schedule your child’s first dental checkup in Temple, Texas with Dr. Kinnari Prajapati today!


March 2, 2020
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Your child’s oral health is an important aspect of their overall health. Many parents don’t realize that something small like sippy cups or thumb sucking can lead to oral health issues. That is why we at Canyon Creek Dentistry think it is important to let parents know the potential dangers that these can cause.

 

First, it is always important to remember that sippy cups are just a stage. This is the stage between a bottle and a regular cup. Sippy cups are to help children learn how to use a regular cup while discouraging spills. While avoiding spills is good, at times, parents will continue to encourage their children to use a sippy cup so that they don’t have to spend time cleaning up messes. However, prolonged use of sippy cups can lead to cavities. 

 

Just as you wouldn’t put a baby to bed with a bottle, using a sippy cup for long periods of time (especially with milk or juice) will lead to cavities. When a child drinks from a sippy cup, the top three and bottom three teeth are being hit with the liquid. So drinks like milk or juice have sugars in them that will constantly be covering those teeth. Over time, those sugars will start to break down the enamel causing cavities. That is why it is encouraged to let your child drink from a regular up once your child is ready. 

 

Just as sippy cups can lead to oral health issues, thumb sucking can as well. We often get questions about thumbsucking such as, “What happens if my child continues to suck their thumb?” Well, the answer to this is that thumb sucking (depending on the frequency) causes the teeth as well as the upper and lower jaws to be pushed out of alignment. And, the roof of the mouth can be changed as well. Both of these issues can affect the speech development of your child

 

It is important to note that children should be discouraged from sucking their thumbs after the age of 4. While thumb sucking is normal, it is important to note why your child is sucking their thumb so that it can help you break this habit. For instance, is your child stressed or nervous? Noting these reasons will help you understand their reason for sucking so that you can help curve the habit. You can use positive reinforcement and even set up goals to help. If all else fails, you can even reach out to us and we can help come up with a plan to help stop thumb sucking.

 

Both of these habits can affect your child’s overall oral health. But knowing why these things are discouraged can help get your child back on track with their oral health. Call or schedule your child’s dentist appointment today!


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