oral health | Canyon Creek Dentistry

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!


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!


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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