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

Teach Your Teens How to Prevent Gum Disease

Teen Dental Issues

Family dentistry experts know that talking to your teens about dental care can be a challenge. During visits, they can help communicate the importance of good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease like gingivitis. In fact, an affordable dentist with a friendly, neutral personality can be a parent’s greatest ally. However, a dentist can’t be with your teens when they are brushing and flossing at home, so it’s up to you to be sure their dental care and eating habits don’t threaten their oral health.

The following seven tips can help you understand ways to prevent gum disease in teens, so you can instill healthy ideas and diligent dental care practices into their lives.

1. Flossing is not going to be on the list of things your teens think of as cool, and you’ll encounter resistance if you discourage them from consuming sugary foods and drinks.

2. You can emphasize the need for proper dental care habits by reminding teens that they may face criticism from peers if they have obvious signs of poor dental health.

3. Your teens may not pay much attention to the condition of their toothbrushes, but brushes become ineffective after about three months. Be sure to keep their bathrooms fully stocked with new brushes, dental floss, and appealing toothpastes.

4. Regular visits to an affordable dentist are essential, but never use them as a punishment, even if your teens have been demonstrating poor dental care. Keep the subject positive, and tell your teens they will feel better after the visit.

5. Limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks by keeping healthy alternatives in your home. Fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, and water are great choices. Milk may even help to prevent periodontal disease.

6. Fluctuating hormone levels during puberty can increase a teenage girl’s risk of gum disease. Pay especially close attention to the dental care routines of your female children.

7. Schedule routine professional dental cleanings for your teens at your local family dentistry office, and don’t hesitate to ask questions about their dental care. Your dentist in Ocala will have many resources and treatments to help ensure that your teens keep healthy smiles for life.

To learn about our family dentistry practice 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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Patient Reviews
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 […]
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Very friendly and efficient. Prompt service. Didn’t push unnecessary products or procedures
Peter G.
My daughter loves visiting all the wonderful ladies in the office.
Cortney 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.
My teeth cleaning was awesome. The tech that cleaned my teeth was professional, polite and very knowledgeable about her profession
Douglas R.
I have found the entire staff to be kind and caring! Jennifer is always helpful and kind and Judy rocks!!!
Stacie S.
Dr. Ospina and his staff did a terrific job with the extraction of my tooth in preparation for and implant.
Dale V.
Absolutely love Sara she does an amazing job on my teeth- I’m very happy with the service they provide!
Annie B.
Very nice people
Donald M.
Really love Sara my hygienist and Dr.Torres explains every detail of procedures very clearly.
Susan L.
My spouse and I have been a long time customer of Advanced Dental Care and seen many Dentist come and go. The standards continue to reamain high.
Walter 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.
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!
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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 […]
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Friendly and caring staff
Delaina B.
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.
Jennifer and Melissa are the Best, very Helpful… i Highly recommend this office!
Paula R.
The perio team, Dr. Reddy, Marie,and Jennifer were wonderful and made me feel really comfortable!
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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 - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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