dental exams | Canyon Creek Dentistry

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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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!


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