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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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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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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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