Valley Dental Associates
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 206B, Owings Mills, MD 21117

A Guide to Selecting the Right Dentist

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Regular dental visits are key to preventing future oral disease and tooth loss. The relationship between you and your dentist affects the quality of your care, so when you move to a new area, or decide to change dentists, knowing how to find a dentist who meets your needs is important. Be prepared to invest some time in finding the right match. The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests using the Find-a-Dentist feature at MouthHealthy.org to locate affordable dentists in your area. You can also ask family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, doctors, and other healthcare professionals for recommendations, or contact your state dental society for help. Dental care is personal matter, so it’s wise to visit several dentists before making your selection. By the end of the first visit, you should be able to answer the following questions and consider their implications.

  • Are the office hours and appointment times convenient?
  • Can you get to the office easily from home or work?
  • Is the office and exam area clean and organized?
  • Was your dental history and medical information recorded to a permanent file?
  • Does the dentist practice and recommend preventative care?
  • How does the dentist handle emergencies when the office isn’t open?
  • Did you receive clear information about fees and payments before your treatment?
  • Is the dentist a member of the ADA?

DDS vs. DMD: Don’t Let the Letters Confuse You

A dentist with the title “DDS” is a Doctor of Dental Surgery, while one listed as a “DMD” is a Doctor of Dental Medicine. The two degrees are essentially the same. Both dentists have received identical education and training and are held to the same strict standards.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Owings Mills, call Valley Dental Associates today at (443) 898-1240 or make an appointment.

Valley Dental Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Owings Mills. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Valley Dental Associates, 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 Valley Dental Associates.

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Patient Reviews
My experience was great , i came in for a root canal , and was a little nervous about the pain , but Dr. Gorman and his asistant was the best ,i felt […]
Craig S.
Tough procedure performed without pain and in a very pleasant manner.
Charles S.
I called for an emergency appointment , and I was seen right away.
Kenneth K.
The staff was really helpful and compassionate.
Renee Y.
This has been the best office i've ever been to. Even better than other doctors i.e optometrist, general doctor, etc. It is never crowded. There is a […]
Taylor T.
I have been a patient of Dr. Weitzman for several years now and I have nothing to say but thank you for the excellent service rendered to me and also […]
Douglas B.
Matthew made me feel comfortable. He was positive and cleaned my teeth quickly.
Lashanda L.
Always excellent
Bernard K.
I am always treated so well by the staff, dental assistant and especially the dentist! In the past, I avoided seeing the dentist because my teeth […]
Renee B.
Dr. Gorman did an excellent job of diagnosing and treating my tooth problem.
Susan H.
I am a life long patient with Valley and will remain so, whomever helps me is always aweesome.
Elliot B.
Great service ....... Dr. Gorman is the best.
Hilda F.
Outstanding staff and services
Rachel D.
The staff and provider were excellent
Donna C.
Dr Weitzman has my highest recommendation.
Mayer S.
Dr. Stewart was excellent.
Judith F.
I can't say that my favorite thing is going to the dentist, but If I must, Valley Dental is the place. It's very professional and the doctors, […]
Merle P.
Timely, courteous, expertise
Anita S.
Service was great and professional. People were friendly.
Nicole B.
Great staff and I love Dr. Weiztman excellent care and very thorough and patient.
Trene F.
The dental service was excellent!
Nadine W.
Dr. Michael Weitzman and his staff are the absolute best. I've been going to Valley Dental for many years and never disappointed in service and […]
Jerome G.
Always glad to receive dedicated care by a wonderful staff and professional dentists in your practice :)
Amit Y.
It wax very good experience .
Joyce C.
Because of sinus problems, I have been anxious about dental visits for many, many years. However, Dr. Stewart, Dr. Kleinman, the Big O, Rico and the […]
Thomas C.
The care taken was really impressive and they are really good in doing a complete oral check up
Ravi C.
Dr. Weitzman and his colleagues are truly excellent - very skilled and quick, and on top of all aspects of dental care. I am usually someone who […]
Lee W.
The front desk was very welcoming. The hygienist was very epithetical and made sure I was comfortable with the process. The dentist was very open and […]
Joseph T.
Dr. Gorman is great!
Barton S.
Excellent cleaning
Dieter L.
I am more then please with my experience with Valley Dental.
John J.
No one would think going to a dentist is fun especially with serious dental problems. But the dedication, concern and competence of Dr. Weizman and […]
Charles S.
I was able to get an appt very easily. All staff that I interacted with were very friendly and courteous. I don't like going to the dentist and they […]
Sharon L.
Valley dental meets all my expectation.
Lloyd H.
All the staff at Valley Dental is wonderful especially Dr. Srewart. She was kind professional and very understanding
Romana D.
Very professional staff.
Stanley Z.
My visit is always great!!! The best Dentist office I have ever been to!!!!
Nicole W.
Excellent service very accommodating.
Stanley Z.
Good professional servive
Jane G.
Dr. Gorman and his staff are awesome. Always friendly, always communicative, and they're always willing and able to answer my questions.
Sandi F.
Dr. Stewart and Octavia were so wonderful to me. I have such anxiety when I go to the dentist and they both made me feel so at ease. Octavia even […]
Veronica W.
No waiting. Staff was very attentive. Dr. Gorman explained every step of the procedure he was performing and what I should expect next.
Mark P.
I called today with a dental emergency at 11:00AM. I was given an appointment 2 hour later. I am now without the extreme pain! Thanks to Norma & Dr […]
Andrew R.
As always a great experience!
Teresa C.
mat was very pleasant, efficient and thorough. this is my second time with him and I have scheduled my next cleaning with him . Norma and Dr. […]
Gail K.
Friendly, professional staff. Linda is so friendly, she rocks!
Scott S.
Every one was very pleasant, and nice .and took good care of me .
Linda K.
Complex appointment made as pleasant as possible by dentist and assistant.
Charles S.
Very good experience for my first visit
Christeen H.
Excellent experience!
Rochelle F.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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