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Food Drive in Tucson: Great Grins Children’s Dentistry

Food Drive

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is hosting a food drive through the month of November 2018! The food will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. We will collect non-perishable goods at our office during business hours from November 1st – November 30th. Please click here to view our calendar, since we have limited hours on some Mondays and Fridays. You can also call ahead of time at (520)325-4746 for more information.

Donation Guidelines

– Please do not bring rusted, dented, or leaking containers.

-No glass. Plastic, cardboard, and cans are best.

-All goods must have a product name. The food bank cannot accept home-made items.

-Try to donate nutritious foods, such as canned chicken, beans, and veggies.

Most Needed Items

All non-perishable food is appreciated and accepted. Additionally, here is a list of the most needed items by the Community Food Bank. If you have any questions regarding regulations, please call the food bank at (520)622-0525.

-Peanut butter

-Canned soups, fruits, and vegetables

-Canned tuna and chicken

-Oatmeal, cereal, and granola bars

-Rice and pasta

-Shelf-stable milk

Donate to Win!

Donate for your chance to win 4 tickets to this year’s Arizona Bowl! The Arizona Bowl is a football game between two eligible college teams and will take place on Friday, December 29th in Tucson. First, bring in a non-perishable item during the month of November. Our team members will help you enter the raffle! As always, Great Grins is happy to support local organizations and events.

Give Back

In order to make this food drive a success, we need your help! If you are not able to donate food, you can still participate by sharing the word on social media. Furthermore, let people know we are hosting a food drive if they are looking for ways to give back! We are happy to collect items from the Tucson community, even if they are not patients. Remember that we will be collecting goods at our office on 3953 E Paradise Falls Dr through the month of November. Most importantly, thank you for participating and we hope to see you soon!

 

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Oral Sedation: Treatment Options For Your Child

Oral sedation helps to calm nerves and ensure a good dental visit. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, we love working with children. We also understand that it’s normal for them to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Our friendly staff treats every patient as our own family. Because of this, we want your child to feel comfortable at every appointment!

We offer three types of sedation to meet every child’s needs. These include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and office-based or hospital-based anesthesia. Do you have trouble calming your child for dental visits? Does your child need a lot of treatment? Then these options can help!

Nitrous Oxide

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes laughing gas as a safe option for children. It is non-addictive and effective. It is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This helps your child relax while remaining conscious. Your child will be in control of all reflexes.

Oral Sedation

In addition to laughing gas, we also offer oral sedation. It will help your child relax while remaining conscious. It can cause drowsiness, so your child may fall asleep for a nap.

Office-Based Anesthesia

 Office-based anesthesia is another option. This is I.V. sedation must be administered through the vein by our anesthesiologist. The patient is completely asleep and will have no recollection of the event. This is the best option for a child that needs a lot of dental work done.

Hospital-Based Sedation

In some cases, we can also perform hospital-based sedation. This is done under general anesthesia. It may require a stay in the hospital if your child has certain medical needs.

Great Grins

Contact our office today at (520)325-4746 to learn more about your options. Our team is happy to answer questions. We can also review insurance benefits. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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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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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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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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    3953 E. Paradise Falls Drive, Suite 110
    Tucson, AZ 85712
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