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Referral Program: Tell Your Friends About Great Grins!

Share a Winning Smile
We believe the greatest honor we can receive is making Great Grins your child’s dental home. 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!). Then, 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. Furthermore, 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!
So, 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. For this reason, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. 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. Wolfman, was recognized by topDentists, LLC as a top-rated dentist! She made the nationwide list in 2014 and again in 2015. Dentists choose their peers and decide who is on the list. Because nominees and winners cannot pay for a spot on the list, you know they are the best in their field!

Dr. Wolfman in Tucson Lifestyle

Dr. Wolfman was also featured in Tucson Lifestyle magazine. She was one among only eight pediatric dentists on Tucson’s list! See the article below to learn more. You can also visit us at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry to see why her colleagues recognize Dr. Wolfman as a top dentist.

Tucson Lifestyle Article

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

Schedule an Appointment

So, if you’re looking for the best dental care for your child, call us today! Another great thing about our dentists is that they are Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Most notably, they continue to further their education. As a result, Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele are always making improvements at Great Grins. They also offer excellent patient care. Don’t wait, call us today!

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Halloween Candy Buy Back: Give Back to Our Troops!

Give back this fall! Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is partnering with Operation Gratitude to bring you our Halloween Candy Buy Back program. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. They are far away from home and would like some candy, too!

 Halloween Candy Buy Back: How it Works

First, sort through your treats and decide which ones you would like to donate. You can still keep some candy, just be sure to brush afterwards! Then, bring your candy to the Great Grins office on November 2nd and 3rd from 4:00 to 6:00pm. We will weigh your candy and we’ll give you $1 per pound of Halloween candy (up to 5 lbs). We’ll then send all of the candy that we collect to the troops!

This is your chance to make a couple of bucks while making a difference in your community. It feels good to give back, even if it means giving up some candy!

Great Grins Details

This opportunity is open to the community, so please tell your friends and neighbors and help us to give back this Halloween! The team at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry has been participating, along with Operation Gratitude, for years. Every year, the number of pounds of candy continues to grow! We love to see our smiling patients and their friends when they get a reward for their generosity. It’s not easy to give up candy for kids or adults!
 
Our office is located at 3953 E Paradise Falls Dr Ste 110 in Tucson, AZ 85712. We are close to the Jewish Community Center. Please feel free to stop by or call (520)325-4746 with any questions.
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Dentistry in Tucson AZ: Dental Laser for Kids

Dentistry is constantly evolving. There are new techniques that help dentists take better care of your teeth while minimizing discomfort. As technology improves, your children’s dentist in Tucson finds new ways to provide a better experience for your child. Some improvements we’ll be seeing in the coming years include: 

Laser Dentistry

Dental lasers use water and light technology to improve the patient experience. Also known as “no-shot” dentistry, it allows for little to no anesthetics! Dental lasers are so precise that there is less trauma to surrounding areas. There is less bleeding and swelling. One of the best parts is that there is no vibration, pressure, or heat from a drill when the laser is used alone!

New Anesthetics

Another aspect that we could see improve is the use of anesthetics. This will come in handy at the children’s dentist in Tucson, since milder sedatives will allow for faster recovery. The idea is to make major surgeries as comfortable as possible for those involved without adding to the risk of the procedure.

Best Kid’s Dentist in Tucson

Our dentists are  Board Certified . Call Great Grins at (520) 325-4746 to learn more about our modern dentistry. We use a dental laser to improve the patient experience. Our office is sports-themed and perfect for kids! We even have a separate area for teenage patients. Visit our office in Tucson today!

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Brushing Tips From the Tucson Kids Dentist

It is very important that your child takes care of her teeth, as poor oral hygiene will almost certainly lead to cavities. As a parent, it is up to you to encourage your child to take care of her teeth, since you can’t always be there to supervise. The following techniques can get your child more involved in her own oral hygiene routine, making it much more enjoyable.

Picking Things Out
One thing that your Tucson kids dentist might recommend is allowing your child to choose his own toothbrush and toothpaste. There are many different types and colors of toothbrushes on the market and by allowing your child to select his own, you create a sense of ownership over it. In addition, there are many different flavors of toothpaste from which to choose. Having your child select a flavor that he likes makes it more likely that he will want to use it.

Have Some Songs
Another thing to consider is including songs as part of your brushing routine. Your Tucson kids dentist can give some recommendations on songs that other parents have used successfully in the past. You can also find some videos on the internet that feature songs that you could sing.

Your Dentist
Of course, it is vital that you get your child in to see a dentist at regular intervals as well. Calling (520) 325-4746 to book a visit with Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is a good first step, as they are one of the more experience pediatric dentist offices in the region.

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How to Brush a Baby’s Teeth

How to brush a baby’s teeth. Avoid common mistakes and misconceptions as you navigate your baby’s oral care and first dental visit.

If your child begins developing teeth at a young age, you may struggle with oral care and proper cleaning. Obviously, you can’t use a toothbrush and toothpaste on a baby, but your baby’s teeth and gums still need regular cleaning, even if they are not yet eating solid foods. Here are our doctor’s tips for brushing a baby’s teeth:

Before the Teeth Arrive
Prior to your baby having teeth, you can clean their teeth using a damp cloth. Rub the gums gently with a cloth once per day to remove any sugar that is present in breast milk. If your baby gets teeth at an extremely young age, your pediatric dentist in Tucson might suggest that you continue using this method until the child is a little older and you can begin brushing a baby’s teeth.

After the Teeth Arrive
Your baby should start teething between the ages of six and nine months. Once the first tooth erupts, you can start using a toothbrush to brush a baby’s teeth. Find a brush with soft bristles and an angled head. You might opt to brush without toothpaste to start. If you do use toothpaste, however, as your pediatric dentist in Tucson about low-fluoride options that are safe for babies.

When to Make a Dentist Appointment
Once your baby has his first tooth, you can start taking him to the dentist. During these first appointments, the dentist will mostly just examine how the child’s teeth are developing and might clean them. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry at (520) 325-4746 to set up your child’s first appointment with one of the most experience pediatric dentist in the entire Tucson, Arizona area.

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Healthy Food That is Good for Teeth

Eating healthy food is one way that adults and children can keep their teeth healthy. Certain foods can help strengthen and fortify teeth. This helps you fight off the bacteria that causes cavities. Of course, this is in addition to regular brushing and flossing. Read on to learn more about some healthy food that could help make your children’s teeth stronger!

Healthy Food for Teeth: Drink Milk

We all know that milk is good for our bones, but the same can be said for our teeth. Milk helps us to fight against gum disease. It also helps fight the acid that is caused by the bacteria in our mouths. Make sure that you drink at least one glass of milk per day to take advantage of these benefits. It is still important to floss at least once a day and brush after every meal, or at least twice a day.

Celery

We know celery is healthy food for our bodies, but it can work wonders for your teeth, too! Celery scrubs your teeth as you chew it, acting as a natural toothbrush. It is also rich in water, so it increases the amount of saliva in your mouth. This helps keep your mouth clean.

More Healthy Food: Cheese!

Consuming a few pieces of cheese can increase your mouth’s saliva production. It can also help fight the acid that is found in plaque. For this reason, some dentists may recommend eating cheese after consuming sweets.

Pediatric Dentists in Tucson

To learn more about your child’s dental health, visit Great Grins Children’s Dentistry in Tucson! Our dentists, Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman, are both Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They specialize in dental care for infants, children, and teens. Our doctors and certified team are happy to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call at (520)325-4746 today!

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Healthy Teeth: Tips From a Kid’s Dentist

Who doesn’t want healthy teeth? We all want our children to have good oral health. Taking care of our babies’ teeth is a great way to prevent cavities and dental injuries. Read on to learn some tips from our Tucson pediatric dentists. You can also visit this page by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for some frequently asked questions and their answers!

Healthy Teeth: Supervise Brushing

Supervise your children’s brushing until they are old enough to brush properly. Even when they are able to brush by themselves, double check to make sure all areas were cleaned. This will help ensure that they are not using too much toothpaste, swallowing toothpaste, or skipping flossing. Stress the importance of brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. One way to encourage healthy teeth is by getting a fun toothbrush and toothpaste.

Mouth Guards

Always make your child wears a mouth guard when participating in a contact sport. This will help protect the mouth and could save you hundreds of dollars in dental work! Custom mouth guards work best because they are formed to your child’s mouth. Mouth guards can provide much needed protection.

Regular Check Ups

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your baby visit a dentist no later than age one or six months after their first tooth erupts. After the first visit, your child should see a dentist every six months. This will ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and cavity prevention! Make dental visits a routine for your child so that they know the importance. They may even come to like visiting the dentist if it is a fun, kid’s office.

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is located in Tucson, AZ. Our board certified pediatric dentists specialize in dentistry for infants, children, and teens, including those with special needs. Call today to schedule an appointment at (520)325-4746!

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Losing Baby Teeth: What Now?

Has your child started losing baby teeth? This is a normal developmental milestone! Every child loses baby teeth, and it can happen at different ages. However, before losing baby teeth, it is important to take care of them as much as possible. Visiting a pediatric dentist regularly ensures that the teeth are taken care of to save the space for adult teeth! Read on to learn more about the process and what to do.

When Do They Fall Out?

Many children begin losing baby teeth between the ages of five and six. Baby teeth are very important for developmental growth in children. You can read more about your child’s primary teeth here. Usually, the earlier your child’s baby teeth erupted, the earlier they will come out. Keep in mind, however, that some children start losing teeth at the age of four, while others don’t lose their teeth until they are seven. Every child’s growth is different and you can always check with your pediatric dentist if you have any concerns.

Losing Baby Teeth: What to Do

Children do not usually feel much discomfort when losing baby teeth. Your child’s pediatric dentist will take x-rays as necessary to ensure that the teeth are developing normally. Regular dental visits are important, especially for children, as problems can be detected early on. If your child experiences any pain or discomfort, schedule a visit with a pediatric dentist near you.

Tucson Dentist

Looking for a pediatric dentist in Tucson, AZ? Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is centrally located in Tucson for your convenience! Our doctors, Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman, are a husband and wife team and are both board certified. They specialize in dental care for infants, children, and teens, including those with special needs. We work with most insurance plans and offer complimentary benefit checks. Call us today at (520)325-4746 to schedule your little one’s appointment at Great Grins!

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How to Clean a Toothbrush: Tips

Wondering how to clean a toothbrush? Just like brushing your child’s teeth, cleaning their toothbrush is just as important! It is possible to get sick from using a toothbrush that is covered in bacteria. Your kids dentist will likely recommend that you change your child’s toothbrush every 3-4 months. If a toothbrush is looking too worn down, it can be changed sooner. You should also change it after your child gets sick to prevent the illness from returning.

How To Clean a Toothbrush

Dry It Off

Leaving moisture on a toothbrush is the perfect habitat for bacteria to grow. After your child brushes his/her teeth, the first step is to make sure that you rinse the toothbrush. Then, dry your child’s toothbrush after every use. By removing moisture, you make it more difficult for bacteria to multiply and, therefore, decrease the chances of your child getting sick.

Put Toothbrush Away

Always store your child’s toothbrush in a dry area and never put it into a container while it is still wet. Once again, you do not want moisture to sit on the toothbrush for a prolonged period.

Wash Up

You should always wash your hands before and after brushing your teeth. Washing up is necessary in order to avoid transferring bacteria onto your toothbrush.

Visit a Dentist

For more tips on how to clean a toothbrush, speak with your child’s dentist. Our doctors at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry are Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman specialize in dental care for infants, children, and teenagers. We are conveniently located in central Tucson, AZ! Our friendly team is also happy to provide you with a complimentary insurance benefit check. We have a fun office specifically designed for children! Call us today at (520)325-4746 to schedule an appointment for your little one!

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