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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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Prepare for a Dental Visit: 3 Helpful Tips for a Better Experience

Wondering how to prepare for a dental visit? Going to the dentist can be overwhelming for adults, and even more so for our little ones. Although dentists are there to help, the thought of seeing one can sometimes cause anxiety. For this reason, our pediatric dentists in Tucson, AZ work extra hard on making every experience a positive one. Follow these helpful tips below to comfort your child before they make a visit.

1.     Watch Positive Videos

One way to prepare for a dental visit is to watch educational videos. Begin by finding short clips that will keep your little one engaged. Be sure to check them out first and ensure that they show positive experiences. Then, listen to the words that are used, how the patient reacts, and the environment. Our office in Tucson is sports-themed and filled with fun stuff for kids. As a result, our patients have the most comfortable visits possible!

2.     Read Fun Books!

Another way to comfort your child is to read dental books. There are many options when it comes to books about cleaning teeth. A couple of our favorites are:

The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss

Brush Your Teeth Please by Leslie McGuire

Choose colorful and short reads, like these rhyme or pop-up books!

3.     Role Play

Finally, after watching videos and reading books about happy visits to the dentist, try role playing with your child. You can pretend to be the dentist, or even let your little one do the work first! Most importantly, have your child lay back and practice opening their mouth while you take a look. This is an excellent way to avoid surprises when they have a real visit to the dentist, and they might even look forward to it!

Prepare for a Dental Visit at Great Grins

Give us a call at (520)325-4746 to visit the BEST pediatric dentists in town! Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele specialize in dental care for infants, children, and teens. Let us help your child sport a winning smile!

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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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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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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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