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

Protect Your General Health with Good Dental Hygiene

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that, despite advances in dental care, nearly 20 percent of children have untreated cavities, and as many as 41 percent have decay present in their baby teeth. You’re probably aware that dental hygiene is essential for removing plaque and preventing tooth decay, but you may not know that it can have a dramatic effect on your general health. Recent studies have shown that poor dental hygiene is linked to conditions such as diabetes and inflammation in blood vessels.

Heart-Healthy Benefits of Professional Teeth Cleaning

American Heart Association researchers recently shared findings demonstrating that good dental hygiene can actually reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. A study that monitored 100,000 people over a seven-year period found that participants who had their teeth professionally cleaned once every two years reduced their risk of heart attack by 24 percent and their risk of stroke by 13 percent. Researchers argued that routine dental care and good oral hygiene reduced the growth of harmful bacteria that cause both periodontal disease and inflammation in blood vessels. The same types of bacteria that cause periodontal disease are also associated with an elevation in C-reactive protein, which is a known marker for blood vessel inflammation.

Dental Hygiene Basics

To increase your children’s chances of living healthy lives, be sure to make dental hygiene an important part of every day. When first teeth erupt at around six or seven months of age, regular brushing and visits to the dentist should soon follow. Additional ways to protect your children from cavities include limiting sticky foods and starchy snacks, avoiding prolonged consumption of sugary drinks, and not letting them fall asleep with a bottle of juice or milk. As your children age, be sure to make regular appointments with a pediatric dentist and dental hygienist for professional teeth cleaning.

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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The dental hygienist gave me a thorough cleaning and irrigation of my teeth and also made excellent recommendations.
Paul L.
I’m happy with Dr. Gorman and the staff.
Susan R.
Office staff is efficient & clinical staff is knowledgeable & take good care of my teeth & gums.
Bonnie W.
Clean and professional atmosphere
Caesar C.
Awesome! Dr. Gorman is a true professional and very detailed in his work.
Nick H.
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.
Very good hygienest
Gary G.
Clean friendly.Dr. Gorman has been there for a long time. I trust him.
April S.
The only dentist office I’ve been to in my life. Everyone is so great and helpful. Very pleasant place.
Loren I.
It was the most thourough dental examination I have ever had. Everyone has a great bedside manner.
Michelle C.
Very professional and personable service.
Maria E.
Every aspect of the process was professional, knowledgeable and friendly.
Joseph V.
The staff is very friendly and the office is very clean. I had a root canal done and the pain level was about slim to none. Dr. Oppenheim is the best!!!
Denise D.
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 […]
Arlene K.
First time receiving care from that dentist. I’m impressed. . . he was awesome!
Wyona C.
The friendly environment and wait time is awesome.
Cameron J.
Friendly staff, clean office, and good work.
Kevin H.
First impression of the office. Friendliness of the staff. Dr. Oppenheim asked me to tell him about myself, relaxing the initial meeting. I was pleased with the exam and feel comfortable with the […]
Cecelia C.
I like Dr. Gorman
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Dr Gorman and staff are very thorough and sincerely concerned about patient dental health.
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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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