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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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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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Kid’s Dentistry in Tucson AZ: Dental Laser for Kids

Kid’s 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!

Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry like to stay up-to-date with technology improvements. Because of this, they use laser dentistry. As a result, our patients have a better experience in our office! We are happy to offer a service that not only allows for more precise work, but also gives our patients peace of mind.

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 Dentistry in Tucson

Dr. Angela Wolfman and Dr. Kedar Lele are both Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry 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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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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Tooth Fairy Found at Kid’s Dentist!

The tooth fairy, who has previously been seen in Arizona schools, libraries, and daycare, has been found! She’s a resident at our dentist office, Great Grins Children’s Dentistry. She is happy to spread the word about what’s going on at Great Grins. For example, she’ll be happy to tell any group you can think of about our new and improved state of the art office, which is guaranteed to be more inviting than anything other pediatric dentists out there have. She’s up to go to mom’s groups even, to tell you all about our friendly staff who are trained specifically to handle children.

Our lovely tooth fairy is also happy to tell you and your little ones about her roommate Jesse! Jesse is our hypo allergenic mascot, who’s always around to comfort kids before they see the dentist. Jesse and the tooth fairy make a great team, because they’re both willing to help you and your children calm nerves before seeing one of our excellent Doctors!

In case you haven’t seen the tooth fairy around town, she’s available to make visits to any locations you can think of. She’s a very good friend to have, and she’ll even read a story to your kids! Then she’ll coach them on some healthy eating habits and follow up with a quick lesson on flossing. All you have to do is get in contact with us. We’re the only kids dentist in Tucson to have multiple friends to get you through a smooth dentist visit, so call us at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry! The phone number is 520-325-4746.

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Why a Pediatric Dentist Over Normal Care Dentists

Many kids have an abnormal fear of dentists. This does not come from bad experiences, but rather the look and sounds children hear when they first go the dentist. Many typical dental offices don’t make any special accommodations just because the patient being seen is a child. Because of this fear, it will always be better to take your children to a pediatric dentist office, where all of the staff is trained to deal with children, and where all of the skilled team carries a smile along with their tools. At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, our pediatric dentists are everything a child could hope for; friendly, inviting, and still knowledgeable and skilled in dentistry.

Not only do our team of highly skilled and experienced professionals take pride in being kid-friendly, but our office itself is designed with little ones in mind. Our sports themed rooms and offices make kids feel at home, and they’re able to enjoy themselves. If your children’s nerves are too much, we even have a therapeutic and hypoallergenic mascot to help.

Unlike many of our competitors, who offer adults and children the same experience, we are only a pediatric and special needs dentistry. By being a true pediatric dentist office, children are more likely to enjoy their time with us, and be willing to come back. The more likely a child is to come back to us is, needless to say, a good sign that they will have a headstart with their dental hygiene. A healthier smile starts with being comfortable at the dentist, and Great Grins Children’s Dentistry really sets the bar. You’ll be pleased with our dentists and our team, without a doubt. Feel free to give us a call at 520-325-4746 to see it for yourself.

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