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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!


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.


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! 


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