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

Healthy Teeth Habits for Kids


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 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
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.
Everyone in the office is very pleasant, and professional.
Elliott Z.
I traveled 3 hours for dental procedures at this facility. My appointments were always on time and the staff and dentist were great!
Delaina B.
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.
Really love Sara my hygienist and Dr.Torres explains every detail of procedures very clearly.
Susan L.
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.
Great service and staff
Delaina B.
Dr. Torres is a dynamo and my hygenist is professional and friendly.
Patricia P.
My teeth cleaning was awesome. The tech that cleaned my teeth was professional, polite and very knowledgeable about her profession
Douglas R.
Excellent skills of the dentist (Torres) and dental assistant (Chloe) and their prompt and courteous service.
Cynthia N.
My family and I love the staff and especially the office manager. She makes sure that we are taking care of and the environment is family friendly. We love our dentist family❤️
Isaac W.
Dr Chan, Chreish and Leci treated me and are extremely professional and have saved me money by not doing procedures that are not necessary. In recent years I have been to different dentist do to my […]
John P.
The staff here is great! Going to the dentist has always been a fear of mine but i actually left this place with a smile on my face. A huge thank you to Leci!
Destanie P.
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.
Judy the hygienist was great. All the people there are friendly and professional
Stacey R.
Love the staff!!!
Susan L.
Everyone at Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road is professional, friendly and courteous. Thanks especially to Dr. Torres for his attention to detail, and to Jenny for her precision and knowledge.
Dave D.
Professional yet personal. All questions were answered to my satisfaction. My comfort was considered in the treatment plan. Felt proper technique was maintained. Clean and comfortable environment.
Donna R.
Great teeth cleaning and the hygienist was very friendly
Yelitza M.
Dr. Chan and Melissa are awesome. They are kind,considerate and always have the patient’s well being in mind. They are professional and made my appointment a positive dental experience.
Larry D.
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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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