Pediatric Dentists in Tucson | Great Grins Children's Dentistry | Tucson, AZ

Pediatric Dentists in Tucson

Tooth Extractions for Children

Extractions

Does My Child Need a Tooth Extraction?

At times, extractions may be needed. Tooth decay left untreated can cause more damage. This can cause even the toughest all-stars to need a tooth removed. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, we perform extractions from the comfort of our office.

Tooth Extractions and Your Child

Our goal is to ensure that during the extraction, your child is as comfortable as possible. Before we get started, we will give your child an anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. We help your child understand that after this point, they won’t feel a thing! However, you will want to talk to your child about being careful not to bite the cheek, lip, or tongue afterward. We recommend that your child not eat any foods that require chewing for a few hours after until they regain feeling in the mouth.

Recovery Time

We strive to make your child’s appointment and recovery as comfortable as possible. After surgery, we place a gel foam in the extraction site. This helps to stop any bleeding. The gel foam goes away on its own and is okay to be swallowed if it comes out. For the first day or two after tooth extractions, stick to calm activities. Do not drink through a straw or brush near the extraction site. Ice packs and pain medication can help with any swelling.

In addition, stress the importance of keeping the mouth clean after tooth extractions with your child. Your child should still brush and floss the teeth around the healing tooth. To clean the extraction site, help your child rinse gently with a glass of warm salt water after meals. Be sure your child doesn’t rinse too vigorously.

Pediatric Dentist in Tucson

Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman are diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They specialize in dental care for infants, children, and teens. For more information on tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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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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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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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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Halloween Candy Buy Back: Give Back This Halloween!

Give Back This Halloween! Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is partnering with Operation Gratitude to bring you our Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Participation in this event will give you an opportunity to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS.

 Halloween Candy Buy Back: How it Works

Bring your Halloween candy to the Great Grins office on November 2nd and 3rd from 4:00 to 6:00pm and we’ll buy your child’s candy for $1 per pound (up to 5 lbs) and send the candy to the troops!

 
This opportunity is open to the community, so please tell your friends and neighbors and help us to give back!
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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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What to Do When Dentists Find Cavities

Does your child have a cavity? Read on to learn more about what to do when this occurs. Children tend to get cavities more often than adults. Therefore, it is important to help keep your child’s teeth clean between dental visits. Diet also plays a big role in a child’s dental health. The following information can help you keep your child’s teeth as clean and healthy as possible.

What to do: Regular Brushing

Do you brush your child’s teeth after breakfast? Many parents brush their child’s teeth first thing in the morning, but do not do it after the first meal of the day. Make sure to also brush their teeth after their last meal at night. Teeth should be brushed after every meal, or at least twice a day. Brushing teeth at night allows us to go to bed with a clean mouth and prevent bacteria from sitting there overnight. Younger children should be supervised by an adult when brushing until they are old enough to brush on their own.

Avoid Chewy Foods

Does your child love foods like caramel and raisins? This could be causing problems with his/her teeth. These sticky and chewy items stick to the teeth for hours, which can lead to tooth decay. What to do if your child insists on eating these items? Limit the amount and be sure they do so before they brush their teeth. This limits the food’s exposure to the teeth, preventing cavities in the process. Be sure to also avoid sugary drinks as much as possible, especially before betime.

Pediatric Dentist in Tucson

Knowing what to do when your child has cavities is important in avoiding them. Visit the dentist regularly in order to avoid decay. If there is a cavity, get it treated as soon as possible. Our pediatric dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry specialize in dental care for infants, children, and teens, including those with special needs. Call us at (520)325-4746 to schedule your child’s appointment today!

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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
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