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3040 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 101, Ocala, FL 34471

Healthy Teeth Habits for Kids

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Teaching your children how to keep their teeth healthy is a valuable skill that will reward them for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, family dentistry experts are reporting that the number of young children affected by tooth decay is growing rapidly. Many dentists speculate that education and awareness of the importance of early dental care is the solution. You can begin teaching your child about proper dental care long before their first tooth emerges. Use these three tips to ensure that you help your child maintain a bright, beautiful smile for a lifetime.

1. Visit an affordable dentist at an early age. You can take your child to the family dentistry office as soon as his or her first tooth emerges. This will not only ensure that your child feels comfortable with dental care visits (alleviating potential for dental anxiety), but will also give you all the tools and support you need to maximize your child’s dental care throughout their life. An affordable dentist can help you with brushing techniques for children and even recommend dental care products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash, designed for children. Plus, studies have shown that routine preventive care makes for more affordable dental care, costing 40 percent less than someone who skips routine visits.

2. Eat a balanced diet. Skipping sugary foods, like candy and juices, is a big step toward protecting your child’s dental health. But, you should know that starchy foods, like bread and crackers can also contribute to tooth decay, especially if this debris is not routinely removed. Sugar molecules in starchy and sugary foods can join forces with mouth bacteria and erode the tooth enamel. Help your child carefully clean his or teeth and gums after meals and snacks, including after drinking milk and juice. Try to keep snack and meal choices in line with those recommended for a healthy diet, such as vegetables, lean proteins, and crisp fruits.

3. Baby teeth need dental care, too. Baby, or primary, teeth may be only temporary, but they need proper dental care. The gums and bone supporting the teeth are not temporary. Failure to care for your child’s primary teeth can cause difficult-to-treat or irreversible damage that can extend into the development of their secondary teeth. It can also cause issues with speech patterns and put your child at risk for disease. You can begin cleaning your child’s teeth before the first tooth even emerges.  Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft cloth or gauze after feeding. When their first tooth arrives, you can begin teaching your child about using a toothbrush and helping him and her understand the importance of a dental care routine.  You will need to supervise and assist for several years to ensure proper cleaning occurs.

Make dental care fun for your children and always show good habits. Make brushing and flossing, as well as routine visits to the family dentistry office, a family affair.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in 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 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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