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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.

 


February 1, 2021
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February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day. In celebration of this day, we want to share our top Tooth Fairy tips for parents like you to use. We know that being “mom” or “dad” is a big enough job as it is. However, parents often wear many hats. Kids get excited about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. But, when your kid loses their first tooth, they get to be excited about the Tooth Fairy!

 

Whether you are a first-time Tooth Fairy or a veteran Tooth Fairy, we have created a guide to what all the Tooth Fairy entails. From where the Tooth Fairy came from to any other questions your little one may have, it’s better to be prepared and we are here to help.

 

First, how did the Tooth Fairy come to be? Believe it or not, it started as a little mouse that would come in the middle of the night and take your little child’s teeth. This was popular in countries like China, Russia, and Spain. However, in 1927 Esther Watkins Arnold wrote a book called, “The Tooth Fairy: Three Act Playlet for Children” which expanded the tooth fairy lore which was later popularized by Walt Disney into one of his characters which is what we know today as the Tooth Fairy.

 

Next, what are some common Tooth Fairy traditions? Most children are taught to leave their tooth under their pillow when they go to sleep that night. During the night, the Tooth Fairy will come into the room, remove the tooth from under the pillow, and leave behind money or a gift for the tooth. The gift does not have to be money. That can be up to you and what tradition you might want to set. We have seen some Tooth Fairy’s leave a special, personalized note. This is a great way to thank the child for leaving their baby teeth for the Tooth Fairy. It is also a great way to scatter in good oral hygiene habits like keep brushing and flossing. However, be sure to have someone else write the note so that your child doesn’t recognize your handwriting. 

 

If you are deciding to leave money, how much money should the Tooth Fairy leave? Some kids get super lucky and have been left $20! However, the normal amount of money the Tooth Fairy leaves is between $1-$5 dollars. But, that is up to you. If you decide to leave a gift besides money, you could leave behind a toothbrush, fun toothpaste, a coloring book, or even a toy. The gift is up to you.

 

If you have any other questions about the Tooth Fairy, when you come to see our pediatric dentist at Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, Texas, we can answer any questions you may have. Or, Dr. Kinnari can even talk to your child about Tooth Fairy and help get them excited about this wonderful tradition. Be sure to schedule your 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!


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!


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!


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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