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Halloween Candy Buy Back for Our Troops!

Looking for something to do with all of that Halloween candy this year? It’s that spooky time of the year again! Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is buying your child’s excess candy! We will be donating candy to Operation Gratitude to support our troops.

Halloween Candy Buy Back Details

Great Grins will pay $1 for each pound of Halloween candy that your child brings in, up to 5 pounds! Come in to our office at 3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85712 between November 1-2. Feel free to call ahead at (520)325-4746 to check office hours or for any questions you may have! Read on to learn more about other Halloween activities going on at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry.

Halloween Fun

Aside from participating in school fall festivals around the community, the Great Grins team also loves to bring the fun to our own office! Throughout the month of October, you will find our team’s decorated pumpkins on display. We hold a pumpkin contest every year and our patients get to vote! On October 28 and October 31, 2016, we will be wearing Halloween costumes. Can you guess what the Great Grins team will be dressed up as? ANIMALS! Join us for a fun-filled month at the dentist!

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Jewish Community Center Wellness Festival

The Tucson Jewish Community Center and Tucson Medical Center are presenting the 3rd annual Family Wellness Festival! Interested in learning about wellness resources in the Tucson community while having FUN? Join us for this free event on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the JCC! There will be plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family.

Great Grins at the JCC

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry will be participating at the festival. We will be there to share the importance of dental health with both parents and children! Our team will be handing out information and goodies for the little ones. If you haven’t attended the events that we have been to, you will get to see how much fun our booths can be! The kiddos especially like our bean bag toss, but we have other surprises in store as well. We invite you to attend the event and don’t forget to check in with us.

Jewish Community Center Info

The Jewish Community Center is located at 3800 E. River Rd, right next to the Great Grins office! The Family Wellness Festival is free and the JCC welcomes people of all ages. There will be plenty of exhibitors with useful information for the whole family. Visit the JCC’s website here to learn more about the Wellness  Festival.

Contact Us

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry loves to give back to the community! Dental health is very important to us and we do our best to spread awareness. We participated in the Tucson Jewish Community Center Family Wellness Center last year and enjoyed spending time with families that are trying to better their health. Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman truly believe in educating their patients and patients’ families in order to prevent dental problems. Call us at (520)325-4746 to learn more about our office or our participation in the Family Wellness Festival. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint & Toy Drive!

It’s time for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Thin Mint Sprint again! Great Grins Children’s Dentistry invites you to join us at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in Tucson for this fun run. The event will take place on Sunday, September 18 at 7:30AM. Brandi Fenton Park is located on 3482 E. River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718, very close to our office!

Great Grins Fun

Be sure to look for the Great Grins booth at the event. We will have a fun corn hole game for everybody to enjoy. Most importantly of all, our tooth fairy will be there too! Our team will be sharing the importance of dental health for your little ones and answering any questions you may have.

Girl Scouts Races

There will be a 5k race, a 1 Mile Do-si-do Dash, and a 100 Meter Trefoil Trot for the little ones! The races are for runners and walkers. The Thin Mint Sprint will be filled with fun for the whole family! Check out the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona website here to register and read more about the event.

Toy Drive

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is helping Troop 60 collect new toys! All donations will go to the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Clinic at Banner University’s Diamond Children’s Hospital. Stop by our office between now and Friday, September 16, 2016, to drop off new toys that will stay in our community.

Your Local Dentist

Our team at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry recognizes the importance of community involvement. If you would like to inquire about our possible participation in your organization, feel free to contact us any time. For any questions regarding the event or toy drive, call (520)325-4746 or email info@greatgrinsdds.com. Our Great Grins team will be happy to help! We’ll see you at the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint this Sunday!

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Dental Laser in Tucson: How Laser Dentistry Works

Dental laser and laser dentistry, what is it? At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we use WaterLase® laser technology in order to provide the most comfortable visit for your child. Our doctors put their patients first. Using a dental laser helps them provide a more efficient and relaxed experience. Read on to learn more about the benefits of laser dentistry.

What is a Dental Laser?

Dental lasers are more commonly used today because dentists want to provide a better experience for patients. Because of lasers, they use faster procedure times and less anesthetic. One of the benefits of dental lasers, especially for children, is the noise reduction. Patients do not have to listen to that scary drill. Instead, they can feel more relaxed at their appointment. Our dentists, Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman, specialize in dental care for children. For this and many other reasons, reducing dental anxiety is very important.

Waterlase Laser

Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman use the Biolase WaterLase laser in our office. This natural, water-powered dental laser makes coming to the dentist easy. Forget drills or needles! WaterLase sprays water using precise laser energy. As a result, our doctors perform gentle and effective dental procedures. Because of laser dentistry, we can use fewer or no anesthetic or drills! Click here to read more on the benefits of WaterLase. You can also visit our office at 3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Ste. 110 in Tucson, AZ so that you can pick up a brochure. We are happy to give you more information on the lasers that we use.

Dentist That Uses Laser Technology

In order to ensure that your child has a comfortable experience at the dentist, visit Great Grins Children’s Dentistry! Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman are experienced with laser dentistry. They also stay up-to-date on the latest technologies in the field. We are centrally located in Tucson, AZ for your convenience. Finally, contact us today with any questions at 520-3254746 or info@greatgrinsdds.com to schedule your child’s appointment!

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Win Wet N Wild Tickets This Summer!

Win Wet N Wild Tickets!

Want to do something fun with the family this summer? Great Grins Children’s Dentistry wants to take you and your family to Wet N Wild water park in Phoenix!

To enter, simply “like” our Facebook page AND the contest post dated June 1, 2016. Participants have until June 27, 2016 to enter and winners will be notified on June 28, 2016.

This is your chance to win 4 weekend general admission tickets to Wet N Wild!

Prize Details

The winner receives four (4) general admission (weekend) tickets to Wet N Wild water park located in Phoenix, AZ. EACH general admission ticket has a value of up to $42.99+tax. That’s over $170 in prizes! Visit the water park’s website here for more details on general admission.

Official Rules

To be eligible, participants must “like” both Great Grins Children’s Dentistry on Facebook AND “like” the original contest post  shared on June 1, 2016. Participants must also “like” the posts between June 1, 2016 and June 27, 2016 to be eligible to win. Finally, the winner is chosen at random and notified on June 28, 2016. Winner must be able to pick up prize by July 1st, 2016 at our office location, 3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Ste. 110, Tucson, AZ 85712.

Terms and Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be existing or new patients and/or parents of new or existing patients at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry. Participants must also be over 18 years of age. In addition, by entering, you release Facebook of any liability associated with this contest. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Feel free to contact our office with any questions at (520)325-4746. Dr. Wolfman, Dr. Lele, and the Great Grins team wish you all good luck! Have a great summer!

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Frenectomy: Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Relief for Your Child

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is the removal of the frenum, a thin piece of tissue in the mouth. The frenum can cause complications in babies and children. A frenectomy can help your infant if he/she has trouble eating, speaking, or breastfeeding.

The Two Types of Frena

There are two types of frena in the mouth: the lingual (lower) frenum and the labial (upper) frenum. The lower frenum connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Some children have a lower frenum that attaches all they way to the tip of the tongue.

Similarly, the upper frenum connects the upper lip to the gums above the two front teeth. If it runs too far down, it can restrict the movement of the upper lip. A thick or long frenum may be the issue if your child has speech issues. It can also cause nursing or eating trouble with babies.

A frenum that is too long may cause a child to be “tongue-tied” or “lip-tied” and can be solved with a frenectomy.

Why Choose a Laser Frenectomy?

 Because it is performed in a matter of minutes and with minimal bleeding, a laser frenectomy reduces pain and discomfort for the child. It is also a safe procedure with no known complications.

Why Wait?

Our board-certified pediatric dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry perform frenectomies using dental laser technology. As a result, they are able to remove the tissue quickly and comfortably. They can also evaluate the frena and discuss your options.

Insurance Coverage

We work with various insurance companies, but coverage varies from plan to plan. Please contact our office for more information on payment options. Our team is more than happy to offer a complimentary benefit check. Call 520-325-4746 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the benefits.

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Board Certified Pediatric Dentist – What’s That?

Our doctors at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry are both board certified pediatric dentists. So, what does that mean, anyway?

Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele work hard to stay on top of their field. The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry aims to raise the bar for pediatric dentists. They do so by providing certifications to dentists who want only the best possible care for their patients. Board certification is voluntary. As a result, it is based on the highest standards of pediatric knowledge and clinical skill.

What Does it Take to Become Board Certified?

To become board certified, our dentists had to complete written examinations and present patient cases for expert review. Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele also completed an oral examination. This oral exam evaluates diagnosis, treatment planning, and finished treatment ability.

Our specialty at Great Grins is children’s dentistry. For this reason, Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele do everything they can to provide the best pediatric dental care. Our doctors want to be held to the highest clinical standards. This is why they took the time and energy to become board certified.

Board Certified Pediatric Dentists at Great Grins

When you book an appointment with Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, you can rest assured that your child will receive the best dental care. This is because we have the knowledge and skills in the latest technologies and advancements. Another way that Drs. Angela Wolfman and Kedar Lele stay on top of the industry is with continuing education.

Come see what we are all about and let us help your child sport a winning smile. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our team offers complimentary insurance benefit checks. We also have a sports-themed office that makes visits extra comfortable! Above all, our entire team is specially trained to work with children. Our patients are our number one priority! Contact us today to schedule an appointment at 520-325-4746!

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Teething Time: Relief For Your Baby

Teething Time

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages you to bring your baby in around their first birthday or no later than six months after their first tooth erupts—whichever comes first. This helps to provide a solid dental foundation that will last well into adulthood.

Baby Teeth

Most often, you should see your baby’s first tooth between 5 – 8 months, typically in the bottom front of the mouth. It’s also possible for your baby to be born with teeth already. These are called natal teeth, and they can form under the gums before your child is born.

If you notice your baby’s teeth start to come in, it’s time to start practicing daily hygiene to eliminate toothaches, gum disease, and serious developmental and health problems down the road.

Pain Relief for Teething Babies

We know the teething phase can be a frustrating time for parents and babies, but in reality, the majority of babies move through this stage without difficulty. When the back teeth erupt, your baby may suffer from fevers, ear aches, and blood blisters, but there are ways to make your baby feel better.

You can reduce your baby’s discomfort by providing something cold to chew on. Over-the-counter children’s painkillers can also alleviate some pain, but NEVER apply aspirin directly to the gums, which can burn the tissue. If your baby doesn’t respond to any of these suggestions, please contact our office to schedule an appointment at 520-325-4746.

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Keep Calm and Brush On: Helpful Tips

At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we know that new surroundings can be a scary place for your child. As pediatric dentists, we specialize in providing dental care to children and have a few tricks up our sleeves to help them keep calm. But you can start at home, too!

Review these tips to help make your child feel as comfortable as possible before your appointment:

Keep Calm and Find the Right Time

If you can, schedule your child’s appointment at the right time of day when they’ll feel well-rested and cooperative. Some patients do better in the morning, while others may be more relaxed in the afternoon.

Use Happy, Positive, Words.

Even if you don’t like going to the dentist yourself, using words like “pain” or “hurt,” to describe the dentist can make your child worry. Explain that we’re here to help them stay healthy and happy. Tell your child that everyone visits the dentist, but try not to bring up any bad experiences to help them keep calm.

Join Your Child at the Chair.

Coming back with your child during the exam can help reduce tension and ensure your child feels calm. If you have any questions about what to expect during the exam or would like your child to meet our team before your appointment, contact our office at 520-325-4746!

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Your Infant’s First Dentist Trip: as Easy as 123!

Is it time for your child’s first dental appointment?

If you are feeling anxious about your baby’s first dentist trip, don’t worry! At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, it is our priority to make sure your baby has a good visit. We perform a knee-to-knee exam for babies to ensure a calmer, less overwhelming trip to the dentist.

If you have been looking for a dentist in Tucson, Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele are board certified pediatric dentists that specialize in children’s dental needs.

First Dentist Trip: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3!

At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we train our team to work with children. There are also some simple ways to ensure your infant has a great first dentist trip. To prepare, just remember these three easy steps!

1. Begin by holding your child in your lap with their head in another person’s lap. This will help your baby practice this position before the dental appointment.
2. Then, gently wash your child’s mouth and gums with a wash cloth or infant toothbrush. 
3. Finally, remember to remain calm so that your little one will be happy, too!

As pediatric dentists, we know little ones can be unpredictable. Even the most prepared child can get overwhelmed and cry. However, if you show that you’re stressed, it will make it harder to calm your child down as well. We are here to help you and your child relax and be as comfortable as possible throughout the exam.

Contact Us

Because babies’ needs are very different from an adults’, it is important to find a pediatric dentist for your little one. This will also help them when they are children and then teenagers! If you have any questions on how to prepare your child for the first visit, contact our office at 520-325-4746!

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    3953 E. Paradise Falls Drive, Suite 110
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Phone: (520) 325-4746
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