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Stay at Home: 3 Fun Activities for Kids

Stay At Home Orders

With stay at home orders being implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are finding time to do things they have not done in a while. If you have children at home, you know that they need different activities to stay entertained, especially at home. Here are 3 stay-at-home ideas that are sure to keep your little ones busy!

Make a Thank You Sign

What better time to show our appreciation for essential workers? Create a “thank you” sign using things you already have at home! You can use cardboard, poster board, regular paper, or even an old frame. Get your paint or markers, and make a sign to thank all those that are working hard to keep the world going during COVID-19. You can place your message outside, such as on a window or using stakes in your front yard. If that is not possible, you can also share a picture on social media to spread some cheer!

Turn Your Sidewalk into a Masterpiece

If you have chalk handy, head outside to your yard and draw on the sidewalk! This can be done in the front yard or back yard, just remember to maintain social distancing if other people are around. Try to do this activity when there is nobody outside, maybe in the middle of the day if possible. Many of your neighbors may be going for walks to stay active during the Coronavirus pandemic. You can draw/write inspiring messages and pictures for them to see!

Make a Music Video

This might be the easiest idea on the list. All you really need is your imagination and some courage! Simply choreograph a dance to your favorite song. This can be done with siblings, parents, or anybody that is already staying indoors with you. If you have a phone with a camera, record your dance moves and share on social media. If not, do this just for fun! These types of videos have spread a lot of joy throughout the world in recent days, and we could all use a little more.

Remember to Stay Safe

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry would like to remind you to stay safe and stay at home if you are able to. We would also like to thank those who are on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your hard work and strength during these trying times.

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COVID-19: Coronavirus Information From Great Grins

As most of you know, our office made the difficult decision to close starting March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was based on recommendations by the American Dental Association (ADA) in conjunction with the executive order issued by Governor Doug Ducey that disallows “all non-essential or elective surgeries” as well as other important factors. We are monitoring this fluid situation and will send out emails and postings as to when we will return, but for now we will be closed through the month of April, 2020.

Dental Emergencies

If you are a patient of record and are having a true dental emergency, please call our office at (520)325-4746 and you will be directed as to how to reach the doctors.

Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus

There are some simple steps that we can take to help protect ourselves and our community. Please refer to the CDC website for the most up-to-date recommendations. Remember to:

• Stay home and practice social distancing
• Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow
• Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
• Disinfect frequently touched items/surfaces regularly
• Wear a cloth face cover if you are around a lot of people

The safety of our patients, families, and team members are the utmost importance to us. We can’t wait to see all of our patients again but their well-being is our priority and therefore, we will follow the necessary precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay safe and remember to sport a winning smile, even through these unprecedented times. We hope to see you all soon.

Sincerely,

Drs. Wolfman and Lele and the Great Grins Team

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Dental Health Month – Pediatric Dentists in Tucson

Dental Health Month on a Leap Year

Happy dental health month from Great Grins Children’s Dentistry! Did you know that every February, we celebrate a whole month of dental health education? Well, this year is a little bit different. Because 2020 is a leap year, we get an extra day this month to celebrate clean and healthy teeth.

Pediatric Dentists in Tucson

At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele share their knowledge and love of pediatric dentistry with our patients ALL YEAR LONG. So, with February being dental health month, it is one of our favorite times of the year. It makes us happy to know that dental professionals around the country celebrate this month together! Our pediatric dentists work hard in our Tucson community to keep kids’ teeth happy and healthy. The following are some of the qualities that make our team extra special:

• Sports-themed office with arcade games (that parents love too!)
• Separate area for teen patients
• 3 SUPER CUTE mascots, Jax, Andi, and Milo
• 2 dentists who are Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Schedule an Appointment

If your little one has not seen a dentist, then now’s a great time to start! Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have. We will also help attain records from a previous dentist if your child is a new patient with us. If your child is already a patient, then make sure they have their next appointment scheduled. We can usually schedule visits months in advance!

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is located in central Tucson, near the Jewish Community Center. Another benefit is that we are contracted with most insurances. Because of this, our patients get the most out of their dental benefits! Please call (520)325-4746 with any questions, and lastly, happy dental health month again from the Great Grins team!

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New Year, New Brushing Habits For Children!

It’s a new year, and the perfect time to start new brushing habits with your little one! Our dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry in Tucson would like to remind you of some super simple but important practices. If you want better brushing habits for your child, check out the recommendations below.

Two Times a Day

We know that time flies and families get busy; we can’t believe it’s already a new year at Great Grins! However, it is SUPER important to brush your teeth. It is even more important, perhaps, for children to brush properly in order to get those good habits started early! You should brush at least two times a day, once in the morning and once at night. Your pediatric dentist may also mention that brushing at night is particularly important because those stubborn mouth monsters should not rest there while we sleep! Therefore, brush those teeth in the morning and then again before bedtime. It can be more fun to do it as a family.

Two Minutes

Remember: two minutes, two times. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes each time. That’s only a total of 4 minutes out of the 1,440 minutes that we have in a day!

Circles

In order to brush effectively, a toothbrush should be used in circular motions. An electric toothbrush can also help with this. If you have any questions regarding brushing, please ask your child’s pediatric dentist.

New Year, New Dental Coverage!

At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry in Tucson, our team is happy to check your insurance benefits. Many plans renew in the new year. For this reason, it is good to check with us if you have any questions so that you can get the most out of your plan! Call (520)325-4746 to schedule your child’s appointment with the best dentist in Tucson today.

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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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Nitrous Oxide/Dental Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide Benefits

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a safe sedative that helps you relax. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, this is one of the most common types of oral sedation we provide.

Should My Child Receive Laughing Gas?

Many children feel anxious in unfamiliar places and feel scared at the dentist. Our goal is to help even the most anxious child feel at ease during the appointment. We encourage you to talk with your child about their upcoming visit to our office. Try to prepare them for the services they’ll receive. If they still show extreme nervousness and anxiety, dental nitrous oxide may be helpful for them. For some cases and children with special needs, we also offer office- and hospital-based anesthesia.

How Nitrous Oxide Works

Here is more information on how laughing gas works. At the beginning of the appointment, we will place a small nose piece over your child’s nose. As they breathe normally, the gas will take effect, making your child feel more relaxed. Experiencing a light-headed feeling or a tingling in the arms and legs is normal. It will not put your child to sleep. Your child will be conscious and be able to respond to any directions we may give throughout the appointment. Our doctors then administer oxygen through the nose piece when the treatment is done. This allows the effects of nitrous oxide to wear off right away.

Nitrous Oxide in Tucson Office

Throughout the years, we’ve found that children respond well to laughing gas. It can make your child feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Our goal is to ensure every child receives dental treatment comfortably and safely. Laughing gas is easy to administer, and children love the feeling of comfort it provides. Still have questions about laughing gas and your child’s appointment? Contact our office today at (520)325-4746 for more information!

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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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Dental Emergency Tucson, AZ

Dental Emergency Information

Emergencies can strike without warning, requiring emergency dental care. Has your child had an accident at school and hurt their teeth? At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we offer 24-hour care for patients of record so you can feel comfortable knowing your child is in good hands. In the case of a dental emergency, Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman are happy to help.

Call Great Grins in Tucson, AZ

If you have an after-hours emergency and your child is a patient of record at Great Grins, call our office at (520) 325-4746 (GRIN) and follow the instructions to reach our doctors. Remember to remain calm, speak clearly, and leave your contact information in a message. One of our doctors will return your call shortly.

Dental Emergency: What To Do

If your child loses a permanent tooth, there are ways you can help treat the problem at home. As always, remain calm. First, it’s important to find the tooth. Then, hold it by the crown and gently try to reinsert it into the socket. If you notice debris in the tooth, you can gently rinse it in cool water. Do not scrub the tooth. If you’re unable to clean the tooth or reinsert it into the socket, put the tooth in a glass of milk and call us immediately. The tooth has a better chance of being saved if you act fast!

Pediatric Dentist

For more information on dental emergency situations and what to do, click here. For any emergency, the process goes smoother if you have a primary care provider or dentist. Be sure to schedule your child’s regular dental appointments. Infants can be seen as soon as 6 months after their first tooth comes in! At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, our priority is to establish a dental home for your little one. Call us at (520)325-4746 to schedule a check up and our doctors will be there to help in the future during a dental emergency if  needed.

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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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