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X-Rays: Are They Safe for Children?

Dental X-Rays: What Are They For?

Dental x-rays allow dentists to get an inside look at your child’s teeth and jaw to find issues they are unable to see with the naked eye. Cavities can form between teeth, and x-rays help dentists find them. Some children or adults have extra teeth or are more likely to need braces in the future. X-rays allow dentists to see this. So, how safe are they? Read below to learn more about radiographs and their uses.

Are X-Rays Safe?

Yes—in moderation. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), the amount of radiation we’re exposed to from dental x-rays over the course of our lifetimes is minuscule. The average radiation dose in the U.S. is 6.2 millisieverts (mSv) per year. Only about 3.1 mSv come from natural sources and approximately 3.1 mSv from man-made sources. Roughly half of the man-made radiation exposure is related to CT scanning.*

State laws also set requirements for using radiation. At Great Grin’s children’s dentistry, we comply with all laws and regulations regarding the use and frequency of dental x-rays. We use digital, low-dose radiation x-rays to make them as safe as possible!

Kid’s Dentist in Tucson

In short, the benefits of your child getting a dental x-ray far outweigh the risks. Undetected problems can worsen over time. This can lead to pain and bigger problems in the future. The longer you wait for decay to be treated, the more costly it can be. 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 in Tucson, AZ at (520)325-4746. Whether you have a question regarding insurance, dental x-rays, or appointment scheduling, we are happy to help!

 

*X-Rays. (n.d.). Retrieved July 07, 2016, from http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/x-rays.

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Fluoride Treatment

Is fluoride treatment right for my child?

Do you or your child suffer from cavities, plaque buildup, and tooth sensitivity?

Does your child have white spots on his/her teeth?

At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we provide fluoride treatment to help lessen common symptoms. Read on to learn more about the uses of fluoride and how it can help build strong teeth.

Fluoride Treatment: What Does it Do?

Acids build up on your tooth enamel every day. As a result, they can make the teeth weak and susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Unfortunately, fillings alone can’t stop buildup from happening and new cavities from forming. However, fluoride can help prevent tooth decay by making teeth become more resistant to acids in the mouth. Fluoride treatment is especially important for children ages 6 – 16 whose teeth are still growing, since it can help strengthen them.

Where to Get Fluoride Treatments

No matter how strong your child’s teeth might be, protect them against plaque with regular fluoride treatments. Contact us at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry today to make an appointment. New and current patients can reach us at 520-325-4746. At Great Grins, we are also happy to offer complimentary insurance benefit checks. Our team will let you know if fluoride treatments are covered by your plan and how often. Read below to learn more about our doctors.

Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is located near Alvernon and Ft. Lowell in Tucson, AZ, next to the Jewish Community Center. Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman are both board certified pediatric dentists who specialize in the dental care for infants, children, and teens. In addition to having the same qualifications, they are a husband and wife team who truly care about their patients and oral health! Drs. Lele and Wolfman love to work in our sports-themed office and believe in making dental visits informative and fun. Feel free to contact us at 520-325-4746 to learn more about our office and schedule your child’s dental appointment!

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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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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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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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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, 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.

It’s as Easy as 1-2-3!

Our team is specially trained to work with children, and there are some simple ways to ensure your infant has a great first dentist trip. 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. 
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 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.

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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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Pediatric Dentist In Tucson – The Importance Of Proper Dental Care

If you are looking for a dental care professional that can help ensure the dental health of your children, look no further than a Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, your pediatric dentist in Tucson. The importance of proper dental care simply cannot be underestimated, and you really should look into hiring such a professional as early on as possible in your child’s life.

Many parents seem unsure of when the proper age is to bring a child in for his first visit to a pediatric dentist. Most experts actually agree that the earlier it is the better, with many agreeing that around the time of his first birthday is ideal. Although this may seem too soon to bring a child to the dentist–most children haven’t fully developed teeth yet at this age after all–doing so will help ensure that the teeth that will appear shortly will be in healthy condition.

Keep in mind that the condition of your child’s first teeth will have an impact on the condition of his subsequent permanent teeth, and even other aspects of his overall health. By taking care of his first teeth–and this includes periodic and early visits to a pediatric dentist in Tucson – he will have a much better chance of growing up with strong and healthy teeth and better overall health throughout the rest of his life. As a parent, this is one of the best things you can do for your child, so it is important to take this responsibility very seriously!

Get your child on the road to good dental health today! Call us at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry at (520) 325-4746 and we will be glad to tell you more.

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Pediatric Dentists In Tucson – Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

Pediatric dentists in Tucson play an essential role that all families should definitely take advantage of early on in their child’s life. These dedicated professionals provide an invaluable service that encompasses not only ensuring the proper care of teeth and gums, but also the preservation of overall health. If you need someone who can help ensure that your child grows up strong and healthy with their teeth and gums in optimal condition, these are exactly the professionals you need.

It takes a special kind of dental care practitioner to cater to the unique needs of children, and Drs. Lele and Wolfman, board certified pediatric dentists in Tucson, are ideally suited to the task. With a professionalism and dedication borne out of years of experience, these dentists can handle virtually all your children’s dental care needs while ensuring that the experience is as positive and rewarding as it can possibly be.

Because children have very different needs from adults, Great Grins Children’s Dentistry in Tucson places a lot of emphasis on making sure that your child is totally comfortable behind the dentist’s chair. This is actually a very important role, because your child’s first few experiences in the dentist’s clinic will determine how open he is to the entire experience. With the professional care and attention provided by a good dentist, your child will grow up with a healthy attitude toward dental care.

Keeping your child’s teeth and gums in optimal condition is an important concern. Trust only a qualified dentist who is attuned to the needs of your child, and optimal dental health is assured.

Learn more about providing your children with quality dental care. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry at (520) 325-4746 and we can provide you with more detailed information.

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