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Board Certified Pediatric Dentist – What’s That?

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

Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele work hard to stay on top of their field. The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry aims to raise the bar for pediatric dentists. They do so by providing certifications to dentists who want only the best possible care for their patients. Board certification is voluntary. As a result, it 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 written examinations and present patient cases for expert review. Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele also completed an oral examination. This oral exam evaluates diagnosis, treatment planning, and finished treatment ability.

Our specialty at Great Grins is children’s dentistry. For this reason, Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele do everything they can to provide the best pediatric dental care. Our doctors want to be held to the highest clinical standards. This is why they took the time and energy to become board certified.

Board Certified Pediatric Dentists at Great Grins

When you book an appointment with Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, you can rest assured that your child will receive the best dental care. This is because we have the knowledge and skills in the latest technologies and advancements. Another way that Drs. Angela Wolfman and Kedar Lele stay on top of the industry is with continuing education.

Come see what we are all about and let us help your child sport a winning smile. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our team offers complimentary insurance benefit checks. We also have a sports-themed office that makes visits extra comfortable! Above all, our entire team is specially trained to work with children. Our patients are our number one priority! 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 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, it is our priority to make sure your baby has a good visit. 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.

First Dentist Trip: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3!

At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we train our team to work with children. There are also some simple ways to ensure your infant has a great first dentist trip. To prepare, just remember these three easy steps!

1. Begin by holding your child in your lap with their head in another person’s lap. This will help your baby practice this position before the dental appointment.
2. Then, gently wash your child’s mouth and gums with a wash cloth or infant toothbrush. 
3. Finally, remember to remain calm so that your little one will be happy, too!

As pediatric dentists, we know little ones can be unpredictable. Even the most prepared child can get overwhelmed and cry. However, 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.

Contact Us

Because babies’ needs are very different from an adults’, it is important to find a pediatric dentist for your little one. This will also help them when they are children and then teenagers! 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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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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