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Selecting a Dentist

Selecting a Dentist

Are you considering taking your child to the dentist for the first time? Selecting a dentist is a big step, especially for your little ones. Before booking an appointment, there are a few factors to consider. Pediatric dentists specialize in dental care for children. Our dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry are both board-certified pediatric dentists. They had additional schooling that emphasized child dental care. By taking the time to find the right dentist to meet your needs, you can instill oral hygiene habits in your child that will last a lifetime.

Relationship Building

When selecting a dentist, keep in mind that a child may struggle to get through a dental exam unless he or she has a solid relationship with the dentist. The dentist should have the ability to build a relationship with your child, which will make the child feel secure during every visit.

The Team

The team that the dentist has put together should also factor into your decision when selecting a dentist. The office staff, hygienists, and everyone else who will interact with your child are important to the overall experience. As a result, it is a good idea to make sure that these individuals have a positive relationship with your child as well. Ideally, the entire team should come together to make the experience as stress-free as possible for your child.

How to Choose

Once you have narrowed your search to a few dentists, look at each office’s experience in dealing with children. Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is a great option in Tucson, AZ. Contact us at 520-325-4746 and learn what we are all about!

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Choosing an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrush or regular toothbrush? Selecting a toothbrush for your little one can be a big decision, especially if you struggle to keep your child on a routine. The more enjoyable the experience is, the more likely a child is to establish good brushing habits. As a result, it could be a good idea to test out a few different types of toothbrushes to see which one a child likes best.

Manual Toothbrush

Most parents start with a manual toothbrush. This is the most common type of toothbrush and your child will usually get one for free at his/her dental visits. However, shopping around for a fun toothbrush with your little one may be helpful for them. Both manual and electric toothbrushes come in different colors, sizes, and designs. Try getting one that has your child’s favorite character and make brushing a fun time!

Electric Toothbrush

As children get older, they may like the idea of an electric toothbrush and are old enough to properly use one. These toothbrushes do much of the work for the child, making it more likely that the teeth will be cleaned properly as long as they hold it correctly. They also sometimes come with a timer and will only turn off after the child has brushed his/her teeth for at least 2 minutes. An electric toothbrush could work for some kids, but go with the toothbrush that your child feels more comfortable with.

Dentist Visits

Of course, making regular trips to a pediatric dentist is just as important as the toothbrush a child uses. At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, our dentists examine and clean the teeth to ensure that they are being brushed correctly and that no decay has developed. This is beneficial for both parent and child so that they can learn what to do better for their next appointment. Call us today at 520-325-4746 to set up your child’s next dental visit.

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Your Child’s Appointments

Taking your child to his/her dental appointments for a regular checkup is very important, as it can help lead to a lifetime of positive oral hygiene. Before visiting the dentist, you should have a good idea of the process to better prepare for a happy visit. It is also a good idea to practice the dentist appointment at home, especially if you have a young child, so that there are no surprises once the process begins.

Preventative Dentistry

Your child’s initial appointments will focus on preventative dentistry. He or she will probably receive a teeth cleaning and the dentist will check for cavities. This is also the stage where the dentist encourages the child to brush his or her teeth daily to prevent problems from occurring in the future.

Cavities

If cavities are found, it is likely that more appointments will have to made. During the cavity-filling appointment, the dentist will apply a numbing cream to the gums. Next, Novocain is injected into the gums to numb the area even further, so that the dentist can apply the fillings. In situations where the child is extremely scared or nervous, laughing gas might be used.

A Comfortable Environment

Since a single dentist appointment can lead to the child needing fillings, it is a good idea to look into pediatric dentists in Tucson. These dentists have experience relaxing children before their appointments and helping them through the entire process. If you have any questions about your child’s appointment, do not hesitate to call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry at 520-325-4746.

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Why Dentists in Tucson Fix Baby Teeth

Although permanent teeth will outgrow baby teeth, it is still important to take care of the first set of teeth. Our pediatric dentists in Tucson, Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele, realize that your baby’s teeth are very important to their overall development. Failing to take care of these teeth can cause bigger developmental issues in the future.

Speaking and Chewing

As baby teeth come in, they help your child to speak. You may have noticed that when older people speak without their dentures, it can be difficult to form words without teeth. Chewing many foods is impossible without teeth as well. Not being able to eat a variety of foods can hinder your child nutritionally, making teeth very important to their overall health. It is important that a child has their teeth to speak and eat, especially at such an early and crucial stage of their lives.

Space for Adult Teeth

Baby teeth have a very important role in the mouth, as they create room for the adult teeth that will grow later. In situations where a baby tooth is lost too early, the teeth around it could start to shift. In some cases, this could make it so the adult teeth don’t have enough space to come through the gums. You should make regular appointments with one of your pediatric dentists in Tucson if your child loses a tooth too early, as it could lead to his adult teeth coming in crooked or not at all.

Dentists in Tucson

One of the best ways to care for your child’s teeth is by making regular dentist appointments. Teeth cleanings are very important because they help to remove particles that can cause tooth decay. Call our pediatric dentists in Tucson at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry at 520-325-4746 to make an appointment.

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Foods Recommended by Pediatric Dentists

While many parents know that certain foods can harm a child’s teeth, other foods have the exact opposite effect. There are food items that can actually help your child’s teeth by strengthening them and washing harmful acids from the mouth! As an added bonus, these foods are part of a balanced diet, so you will be improving your child’s overall health, in addition to keeping the teeth strong.

Fruits and Vegetables

Eating the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables can have a positive influence on your children’s health. It can also help their teeth because these items are high in fiber and water. The water that fruits and vegetables contain balances out their sugar content. At the same time, chewing these items helps to stimulate the production of saliva, which washes acids and certain food particles from the teeth.

Water

Most water sources in the United States contain fluoride, which helps make teeth more resistant to acid. Since this acid can cause cavities, drinking plenty of water can help children to avoid them. Remember that if your water source does not contain fluoride, our pediatric dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry can add a fluoride treatment during your child’s visits.

Ask a Dentist

If you have any questions about what foods are good for your child’s teeth, you can always ask a pediatric dentist. Dr. Angela Wolfman and Dr. Kedar Lele are happy to answer any questions regarding your child’s dental health. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry today at (520) 325-4746 to schedule a visit!

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How a Kids Dentist Treats Cavities

Cavities are not uncommon, but they can be prevented with proper dental care. If your child has a cavity and needs a filling, our dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry review all of the information that you need and options that are available.

Preventative Resin

In situations where a cavity has only eaten through the surface of a tooth, a preventative resin is the best option. Once the decay is removed, it is then filled with a plastic resin that is the same color as the tooth. This resin acts as a sealant, which prevents the cavity from reforming and protects the rest of the tooth.

White Fillings

When cavities form on the front teeth, tooth-colored fillings are normally used. Your kids dentist uses these composite fillings because they are completely natural looking and keep the tooth functioning properly. The only problem is that composite resin is only useful in small areas. If the child has a large cavity on the back of the tooth, a different type of filling is recommended.

Silver Fillings

Large cavities require the silver colored fillings that have been around for decades. These fillings, called amalgams, are extremely durable. Dentists tend to go with these fillings in areas that are not easily visible.

The Dentist’s Role

Once cavities form, it is a good idea to get your child in to see a dentist right away. The sooner the dentist can fill the cavity, the less traumatic it will be for the child. However, visiting the dentist regularly, before a cavity occurs, is an important way to avoid decay. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry at 520-325-4746 to set up your child’s appointment.

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Is Laughing Gas at a Pediatric Dentist Safe?

When you take your child to a pediatric dentist, one of the top priorities is to make sure that your child is comfortable. In some cases, this means that sedation might be necessary, especially if for a major procedure. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a safe and effective way to make a patient feel relaxed before a dental procedure.

Laughing Gas: How is it Administered?

A pediatric dentist will administer laughing gas by placing a small nose mask over the nose before the procedure starts. The gas that comes out of the mask helps the child to stay relaxed and calm throughout the appointment, which helps both the dentist and the child.

Laughing Gas Information

The majority of children are able to tolerate laughing gas without any side effects, but some do experience “stomach butterflies”. This product does not create an allergic reaction and it kicks in very quickly. Therefore, your child does not have to inhale much of the gas to reach a state of relaxation. The dose can be adjusted very quickly as well, depending on how your child reacts. Your child will be awake and alert the entire time. Our doctors will administer oxygen when the treatment is done. This allows the effects of laughing gas to wear off almost immediately so the child is ready to go home right after their appointment is done.

Tucson Dentist

Laughing gas is an excellent oral sedation option for nervous or anxious patients. Our dentists, Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman, are both Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They specialize in dental care of infants, children, and teens. It is our priority to make your little one feel comfortable! Contact us at (520)325-4746 for any questions and to schedule your appointment today.

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The First Visit to a Childrens Dentist in Tucson

Your child’s first trip to a dentist’s office is an opportunity for creating a bond of trust between the child and dentist. For this reason, you should properly prepare your child for his/her first visit to the dentist, to ensure that it is a positive experience. If you are looking for a great childrens dentist in Tucson, learn more about Drs. Angela Wolfman and Kedar Lele at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry. Our entire team makes your child’s dental health and comfort a priority.

What Age?

You should make your child’s first appointment with a children’s dentist around his/her first birthday, or no later than 6 months after their first tooth erupts. Even if your child doesn’t have any teeth, the first appointment can lay some important groundwork. Drs. Wolfman and Lele, and our staff ensure your child gets comfortable with the idea of having someone look in the mouth and complete a tooth count. As a parent, you can benefit from this first appointment by learning more about caring for your child’s teeth, including some brushing and flossing techniques.

Baby Teeth Matter

You will learn exactly how much these baby teeth matter during this first appointment. Not taking care of the child’s baby teeth can lead to developmental problems in the future, including the child struggling to speak. By taking the time to care for baby teeth, you can give your children a much better chance of developing properly.

Time for an Appointment

If your child is about one year of age and hasn’t visited the dentist yet, now is the time to make that first appointment. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry today at 520-325-4746 to learn more about an excellent childrens dentist in Tucson.

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A Children’s Dentist and Avoiding the Flu

Avoiding the Flu

During the winter months, there is always a bigger chance of children contracting the flu. It’s important for parents to take as many precautions as possible to prevent this from occurring. Toothbrushes can harbor bacteria, and taking some precautions with dental care is an easy way to minimize the chance of spreading the flu. Check out these tips on avoiding the flu.

Wash Their Hands

Washing the toothbrush may seem like a good first step, but it does not make much sense to wash the brush if there is bacteria on the child’s hands. Have your children wash their hands before brushing their teeth to minimize the risk of germs being spread.

Store the Toothbrush Safely

Leaving your toothbrushes on the counter is a great way to accumulate bacteria. Avoiding the flu is a lot easier if toothbrushes are stored upright inside of a cabinet. This makes it less likely to accumulate bacteria.

Never Share

It is okay to share things like toothpaste and dental floss, but you should never share a toothbrush with another person. Sharing a toothbrush means sharing bacteria and it can lead to the fast spread of any sickness.

Replace the Toothbrush

Replace your toothbrushes when they are worn down, usually every 3-4 months. Old toothbrushes with torn bristles collect a lot of bacteria and, in addition, are ineffective at cleaning the teeth.

Schedule a Dentist Appointment

Visit us at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry or call (520)325-4746 to schedule an appointment. Your dentist can tell you more about dental health and the importance of keeping your child’s teeth clean!

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Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

There are a few different dental options when the time comes for your child to visit the dentist. There are family dentists, or general dentists, and then there are dentists who specialize in a specific area. So, why choose a pediatric dentist? Read more about what makes our dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry so different.

Additional Training

A pediatric dentist takes the same dentistry training as your family dentist, but will have completed additional training that is applicable to children. As a result, a pediatric dentist has the ability to consider your child’s age and temperament as part of the diagnosis and, later, the treatment. Dealing with children is much different from dealing with adults and our dentists understand that. Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele are also board-certified, so they have had extensive training that has prepared them to treat children’s dental needs.

Different Environment

A regular dental office is usually extremely quiet and is not tailored to children. When a child walks into an environment like this, it can immediately lead to an uncomfortable feeling. At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we have toys and other activities to make the child feel more at home and eliminate stress that he/she may feel before an appointment.

Better Habits

When children learn that the dentist office can be a fun place, they become more likely to listen to the advice of the dentist. This can lead to better oral hygiene habits and all around healthier teeth. Why choose a pediatric dentist for your child? Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry today at 520-325-4746 to learn more about what makes our office and doctors so great!

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