Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road
3040 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 101, Ocala, FL 34471

8 Tips for Preventing Cavities

Cavity Prevention

Staying proactive about tooth decay prevention ensures that you’ll enjoy your healthy smile for a lifetime. When you eat carbohydrate foods, they stick to your teeth and encourage the formation of plaque. Tooth decay happens when acids from accumulated plaque dissolve your tooth enamel and the layer of dentin beneath it. The small holes left behind are commonly known as cavities or dental caries. Preventing cavities and keeping supporting gum tissues healthy are the goals of every dental care routine.

The following tips can help you win the war on plaque and conquer tooth decay:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. If possible, brush after every meal and before bed. Following with a fluoride mouthwash also helps.
  2. Clean between teeth daily by flossing or using interdental cleaners.
  3. Drink fluoridated water. If your water is not fluoridated or you have existing problems with tooth decay, talk to your dentist about using supplemental fluoride to help strengthen your teeth.
  4. Eat healthy, balanced meals, and limit your between-meal snacks. Avoid candy and carbohydrate-filled foods like chips, cookies, and crackers. These foods remain on the surface of teeth and encourage plaque formation. If you do consume sticky or sugary foods, brush your teeth immediately afterwards.
  5. Consider dental sealants. These products are plastic coatings applied to the chewing surface of molars to protect them from tooth decay.
  6. Visit your dentist in South Ocala regularly for oral exams. Routine visits can check the progress of any existing dental issues, and detect new problems before they become serious.
  7. Get your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist at least once a year.
  8. Stay aware of new developments in tooth decay prevention. Promising treatments include xylitol, dental materials that release fluoride slowly over time, and oral care products that reverse or heal early cavities.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in South Ocala, call Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road today at (352) 433-4934 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Ocala. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road.

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Patient Reviews
Absolutely love my dental hygienist (Sarah) . She is one of the best that has ever treated me.
Susan L.
Dr Chan is very patient and professional. Maidelyn is friendly and gave me the instructions I needed to know for my temporary crown.
Dang P.
Everyone is very friendly and informative!
Lindsay E.
Very professional staff and the doctors explained all my options and cost before my procedures.
Robert O.
They are great. My only complaint is my own fault. I never floss!!!! Lol. They are so nice and very good at the cleanings. Sarah is the best
Brandon J.
Most professional office staff, the BEST hygienist and my very favorite dentist, Dr Torres!
Patricia P.
Dr. Ospina and his staff did a terrific job with the extraction of my tooth in preparation for and implant.
Dale V.
Sarah is awesome! She is very knowledgeable and always courteous.
Willie H.
My teeth cleaning was awesome. The tech that cleaned my teeth was professional, polite and very knowledgeable about her profession
Douglas R.
I am very pleased and happy that I came to this office. Dr. Chan and his assistants; Melissa, Lese, and Sarah are very nice and are very caring individuals. They are highly skilled and very thorough.
Barbara K.
I am so impressed with the friendliness of the staff, and the quality of the doctor’s. In this crazy world, it is really reassuring to find someplace I can trust.
Bonnie E.
Office staff is great, comfortable and educated with great knowledge of assistance in the field of dental issues.
Pebbles V.
The perio team, Dr. Reddy, Marie,and Jennifer were wonderful and made me feel really comfortable!
Elizabeth V.
The staff and Dr Chen stayed open just so they could take care of my daughter. Chloe really made this appointment possible! They were very patient and kind to her. They went out of their way to help […]
Shannon F.
Excellent staff. Good doctors.
Susan L.
All the staff, from the front desk, to financial, to hygenists, to Dr. Larkin, have all been exceptional. They have consistently made my children feel comfortable and safe (my daughter actually said […]
Brynne L.
Everyone in the office is very pleasant, and professional.
Elliott Z.
Absolutely love Sara she does an amazing job on my teeth- I’m very happy with the service they provide!
Annie B.
I have been going here for a long time and I could not be more happy with Advanced Dental. Starting with just signing in. They always make me feel welcome. The hygienists are great and always handles […]
Gary D.
Everyone was nice
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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