oral health | Canyon Creek Dentistry

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!


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.


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!


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.


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