Blog | Canyon Creek Dentistry

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!


February 3, 2020
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Many children have a fear of going to the dentist. They are not alone. Many adults have the same fear. It can be stressful to see your child worry or even cry. All parents just want it to go smoothly. Here are a few tips you can try to help ease your child’s fear when they visit our pediatric dentist in Temple, Texas. 

 

  1. Stay Positive: When you talk to your child about going to the dentist, try to stay positive. Believe it or not, children are able to pick up on fear and anxiety. So, let them know how much you enjoy going. Maybe tell them how good your teeth feel after you get them cleaned. You can even tell them that they even get to pick out a toy at the end. Just keep everything happy and positive. 
  2. Play Games: Children tend to learn more or even ease anxiety when they play games. Go to our website under the dental games tab and have them play two or three dental-related games. The games are a great way for them to think of questions they might have and help them get more comfortable about going to the dentist. 
  3. Don’t Bribe: Again, kids are smart. They know when you are bribing them to be good or behave. If you start with a bribe, it could lead them to think something bad is going to happen or this is not going to be fun. This all leads to anxiety. Instead, at the end of the visit continue with the positivity. Tell them how well they did or how brave they were. Use compliments. 
  4. Be Honest But Simple: Be honest with your kids. Don’t tell them that nothing is going to happen because that might not be the case. There might be a cavity or something else. Keep the trust. Also, be sure to answer your child’s questions honestly but don’t go into extreme detail. Let the dental experts explain the procedure and what they are going to do.
  5. Avoid Anxiety Words: Try not to use words like ouchy, pain, needle, drill, shot, pulling, etc. These are all words that can cause anxiety. Instead, make it fluffy. They count your teeth (the pick), water-whistle toothbrush (drill), pictures of your teeth (x-rays), squirt (shot), heavy blanket (lead bib), the tickle toothbrush (tooth cleaner), etc.

We always want children to feel at ease when going to the dentist. Especially when it comes to their first visit. We can’t stress enough to have your children play some games on our website. We have found that it is very helpful for children. If you are looking for a children’s dentist in Temple, Texas look no further! Call Canyon Creek Dentistry at 254-771-5900 or schedule your appointment online, today!


January 2, 2020
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Should your child use fluoride for good oral health? When caring for your child’s oral health, the answer is yes. Your child’s tooth enamel can be broken down by starches and sugars from your food. If your child does not brush often or stay hydrated, this bacteria will start to wear down the teeth making grooves and divots in your child’s tooth making it difficult to maintain good oral health. 

Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that coats the top layer of your tooth. This coating fills in the small divots and grooves made by bacteria and helps enamel grow back in these areas to keep your child’s teeth strong. Fluoride treatment is beneficial to patients that consume a large number of sugary drinks, have cavities, or poor oral health.

As your child gets older they will face many oral health decisions. Dr. Prajapati believes that a well-informed parent is an excellent start in caring for your child’s oral health. With a good foundation of oral health, you can help your child protect their oral and overall health for a lifetime. For more information about caring for your child’s oral health or to plan your next visit to Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, Texas, call our friendly staff today!


December 2, 2019
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Over 20% of Americans avoid the dentist because of the fear of the dentist. You are not alone! Dr. Kinnari M. Prajapati, DDS, and her team can help you feel more comfortable on the day of your appointment. Our goal is to make sure that you have a pleasurable experience when you visit our Canyon Creek Dentistry office. In this blog, we talk about Dental Anxiety and How To Overcome It.

 

For dental anxiety, fears can be conditioned directly or indirectly. Directly, meaning you had a negative experience at a previous dental exam. Or, indirectly, by observing a parent’s anxiety, receiving worrisome information about someone else’s experience, viewing disturbing dental images, and being threatened by a previous dentist. Either way, dental anxiety can be crippling and can affect your overall oral health.

Worrying about pain to come can often create a larger physiological response than the pain itself. Relaxing your mind is the first step to relaxing your body. Take deep, long breaths to slow your body and calm your worries. One way to take deep breaths is to count to four while inhaling, hold your breath for two breaths, and exhale for four breaths. This technique works best before your appointment or on a break during the appointment.

Laughing gas, medications, ‘going to sleep’, and numbing agents can make your next dental visit more comfortable. Typically, these medications are used in larger procedures, but they can be used for dental phobias. If you are putting off a necessary dental procedure because you are afraid it will be painful, don’t worry! If you have more concerns with dental anxiety, call Canyon Creek Dentistry. Also, if you have any other dental concerns or needs call Dr. Kinnari M. Prajapati, DDS in Temple, TX  and schedule an appointment today!


November 13, 2019
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At Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, TX we believe that good oral health begins with good habits developed from childhood. Some parents do not see the need to care for baby teeth because they fall out. However, baby teeth are important because they pave the way for permanent teeth because baby teeth act as place holders for future permanent teeth. If your child’s baby teeth fall out too early, this could lead to overcrowding and potentially decay for their adult teeth. Here are Dr. Kinnari Prajapati’s top tips to caring for your child’s oral health and set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth, mouth, and gums.

 

When Should You Start Caring for Your Child’s Oral Health?

Caring for your child’s oral health should begin when they are babies. Dr. Prajapati encourages parents to start practicing healthy habits early so that you can prevent or reduce tooth decay in infants and children. Always clean your baby’s gums after feeding with a cool wet washcloth, gently massaging over the gums. Avoid testing the temperature of the bottle with your mouth, sharing utensils (e.g. spoons), or cleaning a pacifier or a bottle nipple by putting it in your mouth. These practices can help stop the transmission of bacteria that cause tooth decay. Familiarize yourself with the normal appearance of your child’s gums and teeth. Regularly, lift your child’s lips to check for suspicious small white or brown spots on his/her teeth. These white or brown spots may be a sign of dental decay (cavities), schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.

 

When Should Your Child Start Going to the Dentist for Good Oral Health?

This is a common question we hear at Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, Texas. When your child’s first tooth emerges, you should bring them to Canyon Creek Dentistry for an initial visit. If your child does not have any teeth by age one, bring them to the dentist because this will help establish your child as a patient and help Dr. Prajapati spot any early signs of decay or other conditions that can affect their oral health. Yes, even babies can get tooth decay. Going to bed with milk or walking around sipping juice all day can wear down the outer layer of your child’s tooth leading to decay and cavities. 

 

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Should Your Child Use Fluoride For Good Oral Health? 

When caring for your child’s oral health, the answer is yes. Your child’s tooth enamel can be broken down by starches and sugars from your food. If your child does not brush often or stay hydrated, this bacteria will start to wear down the teeth making grooves and divots in your child’s tooth making it difficult to maintain good oral health. Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that coats the top layer of your tooth. This coating fills in the small divots and grooves made by bacteria and helps enamel grow back in these areas to keep your child’s teeth strong. Fluoride treatment is beneficial to patients that consume a large number of sugary drinks, have cavities, or poor oral health.

 

As your child gets older they will face many oral health decisions. Dr. Prajapati believes that a well-informed parent is an excellent start in caring for your child’s oral health. With a good foundation of oral health, you can help your child protect their oral and overall health for a lifetime. For more information about caring for your child’s oral health or to plan your next visit to Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, Texas, call our friendly staff today!


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