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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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Laser Dentistry in Tucson: How it Works

 

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

What is Laser Dentistry?

Dental lasers are more commonly used today to provide a better experience for patients. They allow for faster procedure times and less anesthetic. One of the best benefits of dental lasers, especially for children, is the reduction in sound. 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, are board certified pediatric dentists. They 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 laser technology makes coming to the dentist practically painless. Forget drills or needles! WaterLase continuously sprays water using precise laser energy for gentle and effective dental procedures. Thanks to 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 to pick up a brochure and get more information on the lasers that we use.

Dentist That Uses Laser Technology

If you want your child to have a comfortable experience at the dentist, visit Great Grins Children’s Dentistry! Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman are experienced with laser dentistry and stay up-to-date on the latest technologies in the field. We are centrally located in Tucson, AZ for your convenience. Contact us today 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!

Looking for something fun to do with the family this summer? Great Grins Children’s Dentistry would like to take you and your family to Wet N Wild water park in Phoenix! Simply “like” our Facebook page AND the contest post that will be posted on our page on June 1, 2016. Participants have until June 27, 2016 to enter and winner will be notified on June 28, 2016. You could win 4 weekend general admission tickets to Wet N Wild!

Prize Details

Winner will receive four 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. Visit the water park’s website here for more details.

Official Rules

In order to enter, participants must “like” both our Great Grins Children’s Dentistry Facebook page AND the contest post initially posted on June 1, 2016. Post must be “liked” between June 1, 2016 and June 27, 2016 in order to be considered. Winner will be chosen at random and will be 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 be over 18 years of age. 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. Good luck and have a great summer!

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Frenectomy: A Victory for Your Little One

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is the removal of the frenum, which is a thin piece of tissue in the mouth that can cause complications in babies and children. If your infant has trouble eating, speaking, or breastfeeding, a frenectomy may help resolve the issue.

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, and the upper frenum connects the upper lip to the gums above the two front teeth. If you’ve noticed that your baby has speech issues or has a hard time nursing or eating, his/her  frenum may be the issue.

A frenum that is too long could cause a child to be “tongue-tied” or “lip-tied”, but a frenectomy can help alleviate the discomforts associated with tongue-tie or lip-tie.

Why Choose a Laser Frenectomy?

A laser frenectomy significantly reduces pain and discomfort for the child. It can usually be performed in just a matter of minutes and with minimal bleeding. A laser frenectomy is a safe procedure and there are no known complications.

Why Wait?

Our board-certified pediatric dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry can perform a frenectomy using laser technology that removes the tissue quickly and comfortably. We work with various insurance companies, but coverage varies from plan to plan. Please contact our office for more information on payment options. Call 520-325-4746 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the benefits of a laser frenectomy.

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A Board Certified Pediatric Dentist – What’s That?

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

The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry aims to raise the bar for pediatric dentists by providing certifications to those who want only the best possible care for their patients. Board certification is voluntary and 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 a written examination, present patient cases for expert review, and complete an oral examination to evaluate diagnosis, treatment planning, and finished treatment ability. Taking the time and energy to become board certified demonstrates a desire to be held to the highest clinical standards.

Board Certified Pediatric Dentists at Great Grins

When you book an appointment with Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, you can rest assured that we have the knowledge and skills in the latest technologies and advancements. Drs. Angela Wolfman and Kedar Lele stay on top of the industry with continuing education.

It’s a lifelong commitment like this that provides your child with a healthy smile for life. 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 Trip to the Dentist: as Easy as 123!

Is it time for your child’s first dental appointment? If you are feeling anxious about your baby’s first visit, don’t worry! At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, 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.

Our team is specially trained to work with children, and there are some simple ways to ensure your infant has a great first visit to the dentist. To prepare, just remember these three easy steps!

1. Hold your child in your lap with their head in another’s lap to practice this position before your appointment.
2. Gently wash your child’s mouth and gums with a wash cloth or infant toothbrush. This prepares them for having the dentist’s hands cleaning inside their mouth.
3. Remain calm.

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

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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Join Our Referral Program!

Share a Winning Smile
We believe the greatest honor we can receive is making Great Grins your child’s dental home, and the second greatest honor is to refer your family and friends to us. Because we recognize the value of a referral and new patients, Great Grins Children’s Dentistry has created a program to say THANK YOU for your referrals! Join our referral program and send over a friend (or two, or more!) and receive a thank you gift from us. The more friends you send, the better the rewards!

Why Great Grins?
Our goal is to make every visit enjoyable. Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele are board certified pediatric dentists, so you know that your child’s dental health is in good hands! If you are happy with the pediatric dentist you found, why not spread the word?
How it works!
How do I join the program? It’s easy: Share your positive experience with friends and family and have them call or visit our website to schedule an appointment. Remind them to let us know you sent them, and we will send you a thank you gift after their first visit. We also have referral business cards available at our office that make it even easier to share a smile!

It is our top priority to create winning smiles at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry. Call today at (520)325-4746 or visit greatgrinsdds.com to learn more.

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Dr. Wolfman in Tucson Named 2015 Top Dentist

Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Angela Wolfman, was recognized by topDentists, LLC as a top-rated dentist! She made the nationwide list in 2014 and again in 2015. Dr. Wolfman was featured in Tucson Lifestyle magazine and was one among only eight pediatric dentists on Tucson’s list! See the article below to learn more and visit us at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry to see why Dr. Wolfman was nationally recognized as a top dentist.

Dr. Wolfman in Tucson, AZ

Dental and Specialty Degrees:

DDS, Indiana University School of Dentistry; Chief Resident, Loyola University Medical Center-General Practice Residency; Pediatric Dental Residency, Chief Pediatric Resident, Woman & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, State University of New York at Buffalo

Years of Practice in Tucson?

10 years

Why You Chose to Practice in the Dental Field:

I was inspired by a field where I could work with my hands and educate patients on oral care that would impact their overall health. When I was in residency, I discovered that I love working with kids and partnering with their parents to create beautiful, healthy smiles and good dental hygiene habits.

Favorite Aspect of Practice:

The fun, interactive environment and dynamic team that truly enjoys what we do to create a setting that makes patients and parents alike feel comfortable. Jesse, our Great Grins mascot, is also a calming force and fun addition to the office!

Dentist in Tucson, AZ

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Suite 110

Tucson, AZ 85712

(520) 325-4746 (GRIN)

www.greatgrinsdds.com

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    Great Grins Children's Dentistry
    3953 E. Paradise Falls Drive, Suite 110
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Phone: (520) 325-4746
    Fax: (520) 319-1031
    info@greatgrinsdds.com
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