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May 1, 2022
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Benefits of Sedation Dentistry in Temple, TX

Let’s face it; no one likes going to the dentist’s office. You’re not alone if you put off going to the dentist. Many people put it off because they fear it would be painful or cause them anxiety. Children especially may not like dental visits, but regular visits are essential for good oral and general health. You and your child don’t have to fear dental appointments, even if you don’t look forward to them. Canyon Creek Dentistry offers sedation dentistry in Temple. Sedation dentistry can help you keep those dreaded dental appointments on track.

 

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Light, moderate, and deep sedation are the three types used during dental treatments. We typically use light sedation common dental treatments such as:

  • Dental cleaning
  • Cavity filling
  • Root canals

 

Although sedation is not required for all procedures, many patients prefer it. The anesthesia type we use is called “laughing gas.” It is a safe, effective, and quick-acting medication. We can administer laughing gas before your child’s procedure, commonly taken through the nose. 

 

What is the Sedation Dentistry Procedure in Temple? 

We’ll start by ensuring your child is comfortable and ready. We’ll go over any questions you have concerning the treatment and anesthesia. 

Typically, we administer the laughing gas by having you inhale it through the nose. Once your child receives the full effect of the anesthesia, she will be more relaxed about the dental work and highly calm and at ease.

Your child won’t be entirely “knocked out.” She will stay awake and aware of what’s going on. She will probably feel calm, with a hint of giddiness or exhilaration. She will be responsive and able to answer questions and reason. 

 

How Safe is Laughing Gas?

Laughing gas is very safe when a qualified medical professional is administered correctly. Laughing gas is one of the most regularly used anesthetics. Medical professionals have used it for hundreds of years. 

Sedation dentistry is sometimes thought to be safer than non-sedation dentistry. While your child is sedated, we’ll keep a close eye on her:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Anxiety level
  • Oxygen level

 

We’ll check with her often to see how she’s doing and make sure everything’s well.

Children and adults can safely benefit from laughing gas sedation dentistry for general and specialty dental operations. The anesthetic should only be utilized on a case-by-case basis. Long-term use might lead to issues such as memory loss.

 

Are There Any Side Effects With Sedation Dentistry?

Laughing gas use can sometimes include the side effects of headaches and nausea. Some children may have the opposite reaction to relaxing, such as agitation or crying. These are common medicine responses and may prevent us from finishing dental operations. Our team will monitor your child’s reaction and assist as needed in any event.

 

How Long Do the Effects Last?

Any laughing gas effects typically wear off quickly. Unlike with more potent sedatives, your child will feel normal when you leave the office, and there should be no long-term repercussions.

 

Sedation Dentistry Helps You Keep Your Dental Appointments

During sedation dentistry, Dr. Kinnari Prajapati can work more effectively. Your child will be less concerned about how many tasks the dentist is completing because she will feel comfortable and calm. She won’t worry how long those extra jobs will take. This may help with your schedule if you need more than one treatment type. Instead of spreading multiple treatments across different appointments, the dentist can accomplish more in a single visit.

 

The Best Sedation Dentistry Service in Temple

At Canyon Creek Dentistry, we take the dread out of going to the dentist. We’ll help you and your child overcome any fear or anxiety most responsibly and compassionately possible.

With sedation dentistry, you can look forward to getting your dental task list checked off. You or your child may not necessarily enjoy the dental treatments you need, but we know you’ll enjoy our quality dental care and top-notch customer service. 

Make an appointment today. You’ll be glad you did it.


April 1, 2022
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Best Emergency Dentist in Temple, TX

Do you have a dental emergency in Temple, Texas? Have you ever had one, or do you know what you would do if you did? At Canyon Creek Dentistry, we provide emergency dentistry services, so you don’t have to worry about getting the emergency treatment you need when you need it.  

We know how painful a toothache can be and how sometimes you can’t wait for relief. If the pain is unbearable, we guarantee to see you the day you call during office hours. We can also talk you through the help you need over the phone in some cases. 

 

What is a Dental Emergency?

If you have an emergency, don’t wait. Call us as soon as possible. If you doubt whether or not your pain constitutes an emergency, you shouldn’t take chances. Especially when it comes to your health, it’s best to err on the side of caution. If you’re experiencing a significant health issue, it’s always best to call 911 first. 

Even if you believe your dental problem is minor, it’s best to have a dentist take a look. Dr. Kinnari Prajapati can spot dental issues from minor to major. She can diagnose dental problems you may not have been aware of. 

We consider it a dental emergency if it is causing you or your child unbearable pain or:

  • Interfering with your ability to eat.
  • Interfering with your ability to speak. 
  • Preventing you from functioning normally. 

 

Dental Emergency Causes

Many things can cause a dental emergency. At Canyon Creek Dentistry, we believe in a preventative dentistry approach, including protecting your teeth. If your child plays sports, it’s best to have them wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard protects the teeth from sudden and unexpected impacts and can be purchased at major sporting goods stores or can be custom-designed to fit your mouth. If you practice proper dental hygiene techniques, the chances are good that you’ll never suffer severe tooth decay. You should brush and floss at least twice daily and come in about twice per year for professional dental checkups and cleanings. 

But of course, no matter how well you try to prevent dental emergencies, no matter how well you take care of your teeth, an accident could happen to anyone at any time. 

You might be surprised by the types of things that can cause a dental emergency. Many people break or crack a tooth while biting into something, for example, ice, hard candies, or even packaging while they’re trying to open it. Many things can break a tooth, but getting treatment within an hour of the injury is often critical. 

 

What Can I Do Until I Receive Emergency Treatment?

Until you receive emergency dental treatment in our Temple dental office, there are some things you can do to help save a broken tooth:

  • Keep any tooth pieces that have broken off, as we may be able to re-attach them. 
  • Even if your tooth is just cracked, seek emergency dental care. Cracks in the tooth structure can allow bacteria to enter the tooth and infection to spread.
  • If the entire tooth comes out, try to gently place it back in the socket and keep it there until you get emergency treatment. If it’s dirty, rinse it first with cool water. Try not to touch the root area as it contains delicate, sensitive tissues. 
  • If you can’t get a displaced tooth back into the socket, place it in a plastic baggie or cup of cool milk and seek emergency treatment. 

 

Tooth decay is another common dental emergency cause. You can take over-the-counter pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory medication until you receive emergency care. 

If you have bleeding or swollen gums, it may signify an infection. In this case, the best thing to do is seek emergency care as soon as possible to prevent the disease from spreading. 

 

Emergency Dental Services for Temple, Texas

You can’t always plan for when you need dental care because accidents happen. At Canyon Creek Dentistry, we will be there for your dental emergency in Temple when you need us. 

Don’t wait. Give us a call. 


November 1, 2021
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About 16.9 percent of children aged five to 19 in the United States have untreated tooth decay. This is according to data collected from 2013 to 2016 by the National Center for Health Statistics. For children, consistent exposure to and familiarity with dental care early on in life is the key to superb oral health long-term. With that in mind, we have assembled this brief guide to help parents successfully navigate their child’s basic dental needs, especially while they are in school.

Poor oral health can affect your child’s ability to learn. Many children are not able to verbalize their dental pain. Oral issues can result in increased inattention and distractibility. It may even lead to depression and decreased appetite. Teachers may mistake these for something else. If not treated, the discomfort and infection can adversely affect their ability to eat, speak, and learn. Poor oral health can negatively impact their self-esteem and academic performance. Research shows that children and teenagers with dental health problems tend to be less likely to do all their homework and have school issues (compared to those young students without dental problems.)

It matters what you pack in your child’s lunch. Your child can maintain excellent oral health with a healthy diet. Please encourage them to drink water and milk at home and school and limit their consumption of fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks. Moreover, we all know that school cafeterias may not always have the healthiest options between chicken nuggets, pizza, nachos, grilled cheese, and cookies. To provide your child with a diet low in starches and sugars, pack healthy foods like salad, sandwiches with whole-wheat bread, carrots and celery with hummus, cheese, and whole-grain crackers, nuts, yogurt, and fresh fruit. If they like buying food from the cafeteria, review healthy choices with them and discuss what options they should be avoiding.

If your child plays sports, be sure they are wearing a mouthguard. If your child plays contact sports, they should be wearing a mouthguard. A mouthguard will help protect your child’s teeth so they can play sports without worrying about chipping or losing a tooth. Mouthguards can also be a huge money saver for you because buying a mouthguard is a lot more cost-effective than paying a big emergency dental bill if something happens to your child’s teeth.

Always remember to brush. Brushing your child’s teeth twice per day is crucial in preventing tooth decay and cavities. Though baby teeth are only temporary, they allow your child to develop proper eating habits and speaking patterns and act as placeholders that guide the growth of their permanent teeth. Use a children’s toothbrush, as they feature easy-to-grip handles and small, soft-bristled bristles that make it easy to reach all of your child’s teeth. Until children are old enough to learn to spit after brushing, parents should only use a grain-of-rice-sized amount of toothpaste. For children under two years old, you could even use a wet toothbrush with no toothpaste. Children over three can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

 

And remember, be sure to schedule your child’s routine dental checkups twice a year, including a dental cleaning. If it has been a while since your kid’s last dental appointment, be sure to schedule one today!


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!


August 1, 2021
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This year has been like no other, and one result of the pandemic is that kids have been home for much longer than in a typical year, which means more time for snacking. And, now that summer is here, this means even more snacking. Summertime snacks such as ice cream and popsicles can give your child a break from the heat. But, some summer treats can affect your kid’s teeth and put them at risk for dental problems.

It’s essential to understand how certain foods and beverages affect your child’s teeth so that you can put in place some healthy guidelines for the remainder of the summer and beyond. So, let’s learn the impact that sugar has on teeth, which foods and drinks are good and bad for teeth, ideas for healthy summer treats, and more.

 

The Impact of Sugar

Each of us has bacteria in our mouths, which aren’t bad in and of themselves. Some of these bacteria live on the surface of our teeth, creating a sticky film called plaque. However, when we consume too many sugary foods and beverages, the bacteria mix with the sugar to form acid. Too much of this acid will cause the enamel of our teeth to erode, which will eventually lead to cavities. Since kids are even more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities than adults are, it’s essential to limit the sugary foods your child eats.

Summertime Snacks

Kids love summertime snacks such as ice cream, popsicles, smores, and even drinks like soda, lemonade, and sports drinks. So, let’s take a look at some of those snacks.

Did you know that more ice cream is sold during June and July than at any other time of the year? And, you can see why! All the wonderful flavors of ice cream make it a delicious summertime snack option. Not only are they delicious, but full of sugar. Both ice cream and popsicles are sugar-packed frozen snacks that can increase the risk of cavities and cause tooth sensitivity. Taking a family campaign trip is something else that families do every summer, which means smores! These ooey-gooey campfire favorites pack a punch when it comes to dental health. The sticky melted chocolate mixed with the melted marshmallows lingers around on teeth long after the last ember goes out, making them excellent at attracting bacteria that can cause decay.

Drinks are also something kids turn to in the summer months to cool off, like sports drinks. However, most of these sports drinks contain high levels of sugar, and some are also acidic. This combination of sugar and acid further puts teeth in danger of decay and an unexpected visit to your pediatric dentist in Temple, Texas. Another thing that children love to do during summer is set up a lemonade stand. Lemonade is highly acidic, giving us that dangerous sugar and acid combination. And lastly, you need to watch the soda intake, which is packed with sugar. That’s why water is always the best option to keep your children hydrated during the hot summer months.

Healthy Snacks

While eating the above in moderation is ok (as long as you brush the sugars away from your teeth), there are healthier options for summertime snacks. When looking for yummy, smile-friendly snacks that the whole family will enjoy, consider celery and carrots. The hard, crunchy texture of celery and carrots has a way of scrubbing your child’s teeth clean. And because these vegetables take longer to chew than some other foods, that’s more time that their teeth are being cleaned! Plus, celery and carrots are high in water and fiber content, both of which are practical cleaning qualities. You can also enjoy apples. Apples have a crunchy texture and are high in water and fiber content. By having your child chew at least one apple a day, you can know that their teeth are getting a natural scrubbing! Leafy greens and broccoli are also good options. These vegetables also have a bunch of fiber, along with various vitamins and minerals. Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are high in folic acid, which also benefits your child’s teeth and gums. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese have Calcium, Phosphorus, and Casein. All of these minerals can help to protect your child’s tooth enamel.

 

Just because some of your kid’s summer favorites can increase their risk of tooth decay doesn’t mean you have to avoid them altogether. We recommend enjoying them in moderation, rinsing with water afterward, and always brushing and flossing every day and night. Also, be sure to schedule a regular checkup with the best child dentist in Temple, Texas, Dr. Prajapati.


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.


June 1, 2021
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If your child shows signs of having sensitive teeth, it’s important to find the root of the problem. We, your local pediatric dentist in Temple, TX, will be able to give you more solid answers, but it’s good to do your own research so that you can stay well-informed of your child’s condition. We’ve done the hard work for you by answering common questions about your child’s sensitive teeth.

 

What causes children to have sensitive teeth?

There are several reasons as to why your child is suffering from sensitive teeth. Here are the most common culprits:

  • Inefficient tooth brushing leads to weakened gums and enamel
  • Tooth decay caused by cavities
  • Pressure brought on by chronic sinus infections
  • Hairline cracks in the teeth due to grinding or a misaligned bite
  • Metal amalgam fillings that are sensitive to temperature changes
  • Losing baby teeth and the discomfort that follows with the growing adult teeth

 

After pinpointing the specific concern that is causing the sensitivity, we can provide an appropriate treatment to address that problem. For example, a cavity can be filled to eliminate exposure of the tooth’s inner layers. As a result of the treatment, the child is likely to get some relief from the sensitivity.

A dentist should see children suffering from tooth sensitivity for a diagnosis and treatment of the underlying problem. If your child has complained of this problem, contact us to schedule an appointment.


May 3, 2021
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I know you have been told many times to watch your child’s sugar intake. Whether that is the foods they eat or the drinks they drink. Especially now. With COVID-19 hitting everyone pretty hard in 2020 and 2021, maintaining a healthy diet has been harder than ever. Most people are working from home and have more time to access snacks or snacks throughout the day when they normally wouldn’t have. A healthy diet supports a healthy smile. Here are a few good snacks Canyon Creek Dentistry in Temple, Texas suggests for you and your children.

 

Fruit Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a great way to sneak fruit and veggies into your child’s diet. However, they are also fun to make together, delicious and are great for your teeth. We recommend you use a banana in your smoothie to increase the amount of potassium in it. Potassium is essential to your dental health because it reduces the acidity of your blood and makes sure your bones maintain their calcium amounts. You can also include kiwis and strawberries which are great sources of calcium and vitamin C. We recommend staying away from acidic foods such as lemons, limes, and oranges. Acid can erode away your enamel making you or your child more susceptible to cavities.

Cheese

Cheese is a great source of calcium and it is a delicious snack to keep around your house. Cube cheese, string cheese, and freshly sliced cheese are fun for kids to eat. And let’s face it, we as adults like playing with string cheese as well. Because cheese is full of calcium, this means that it will directly benefit the strength of your teeth and jawbone. Additionally, it’s a great snack for the kids as their dental health needs calcium to ensure proper development.

Nuts

Now, people who have a nut allergy should stay away from nuts. Almonds, walnuts, and cashews are among some of the best nuts to snack on for your dental health. They contain essential vitamins and minerals that help maintain your dental health. Additionally, nuts help encourage saliva production which your mouth needs to remain moist and capable of washing away harmful residues left behind by previous meals. However, be sure to brush your teeth in case any leftover nuts get stuck in the crevices of your teeth.

We know these last couple of years have been hard on everyone. But, that doesn’t mean your oral health should have to suffer. We hope you have some healthy snacks for both you and your children. If it has been a while since your child’s last visit, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Prajapati, 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.