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

Caring For Your Baby’s Teeth

Caring For Your Baby's Teeth.

Although your baby may not make his first trip to the dentist until he is around age 1, or when six to eight teeth are in place, there are plenty of things you can do in the year leading up to this appointment to promote a healthy smile.

Even before your baby’s first tooth peeks out, it’s a good idea to cleanse his mouth and gums each day with a damp washcloth or gauze. Once you see a tooth, Nemours recommends brushing it each day with an infant-sized toothbrush and water. Feeding times matter for infant dental health, too. Don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle, because the milk or juice can pool in his mouth, causing tooth decay. Aim to feed during the day, and don’t allow your tot to carry a bottle around even once he gets old. This can cause teeth to grow in out of line.

By the time all the baby teeth have grown in, aim to brush them twice a day. Fluoridated toothpaste is OK to start using once your child is able to spit it out – typically around age 3. It’s good to teach the importance of flossing at this time, too. Your child may get excited about flossing if he can watch you do it, and he can start as soon as his teeth start to touch.

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Patient Reviews
I really liked the atmosphere along with how knowledgeable everyone was at this dental office.
Avril B.
I was extremely satisfied with the customer service and the appointment availability. The staff were very professional and friendly. The office was clean and welcoming.
Lisa C.
Dr Gorman is the best. I’ve been coming to him since my kids were 3 and 5. That’s about 23 years. I’m a baby when it comes to the dentist and he always makes me feel comfortable.
Theresa P.
Valley Dental Associates has a great staff….they have always been friendly and accommodating to my needs. My first time there was a dental emergency, (I did have an actual first visit appointment […]
Arlene K.
I was very happy with my services!
Willie R.
I thought this particular treatment was going to be painful during and after but that wasn’t the case. It was a good experience (for the dentist) , and even a better experience afterwards when […]
Christeen H.
Very good service!!
Ana S.
Very happy with the assistance and advice I received.
Eric W.
Just went for a hygienist appointment. I had the best visit! No cavities and my teeth feel great. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Joanne P.
I was taken on time and I was out 1 hr later (which was the length of time I was told it would take)
Pearl Z.
Everyone is so nice. The hygienist I had (Matt) was very patient with me, and cleaned my teeth gently. He was very personable. Dr. Gorman is always friendly, knows I don’t care to come to dentist […]
Michele S.
Mathew is terrific
Mark B.
Great office an atmosphere.. Staff is great and Dr. Oppeheim made me feel very comfortable
Erica F.
I have been seeing Dr. Oppenheim for years and he is the reason
James V.
Very good hygienest
Gary G.
I was taken on time. The staff was friendly. I have been a patient there for many years.
Linda P.
Dr Gorman and staff are very thorough and sincerely concerned about patient dental health.
Sonia G.
I love my dental hygenist Matt he is always very nice and very good at making you feel at ease while getting a cleaning. Dr. Goreman is by far my favorite dentist I’ve ever had. He is wonderful. I […]
Brooke G.
I trust my dentist completely.
Barry M.
Great service no wait time.
Caesar C.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
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