dental anxiety | Canyon Creek Dentistry

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.


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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