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

Save Your Teeth by Avoiding These 18 Smile-Killers


Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is not as easy as it might seem. Seeing an affordable dentist for routine dental care and professional cleaning is important. Proper dental care, including brushing twice a day and flossing properly is also essential. However, habits that harm your dental health can have a huge impact. Many people are not aware that their everyday activities and routines can be slowly damaging their teeth. Some bad habits seem harmless or even healthy.

To keep your teeth in top condition and prevent tooth decay, avoid or at least limit the following damaging behaviors:

  • Crunching on ice can chip or crack your teeth.
  • Drinking diet and regular sodas exposes your tooth enamel to harmful sugar acids, phosphoric acid, and citric acid. Artificial sweeteners in diet sodas also contain acid.
  • Eating potato chips causes problems when plaque bacteria break down starches into harmful acids.
  • Smoking stains your teeth and leads to gum disease and oral cancers.
  • Chewing on non-food objects can chip or crack teeth.
  • Using your teeth to open plastic packages or bottles can cause chips and fractures.
  • Drinking coffee can cause deep stains.
  • Playing sports with no mouth guard leads to serious tooth injuries.
  • Drinking fruit juice with added sugars can lead to tooth decay.
  • Eating gummy candies exposes your tooth enamel to sugars for longer time periods than other sweets.
  • Red wine stains your teeth easily. White wine contains acids that make your enamel more porous and vulnerable to stains from other foods.
  • Constant snacking throughout the day causes more plaque than eating regular meals.
  • Tooth grinding at night can wear down your teeth over time.
  • Lip and tongue piercings can cause injuries like cracked or chipped teeth. They also irritate gums and increase your risk of oral infections.
  • Drinking sports beverages frequently exposes your teeth to sweeteners that encourage plaque.
  • Eating cough drops encourages tooth decay.
  • Giving babies bottles at bedtime increases the risk of tooth decay.

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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elena did a great job cleaning my teeth
Steven K.
Very pleasant experience. I come here regularly and am never disappointed. Hygienist Elena was excellent today.
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Friendly courtesous staff. Appointment are always on time. When you call to scheduled they give you fast appointments.
Jarie K.
I’ve been coming to Dr. Gorman for over 20 years and have always received excellent care. He listens and takes my best interest of my visits.
Yvonne W.
Amazing staff
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Primary reason is Matt (dental hygienist), who is always very thorough, very detail-oriented and a pleasant person to be around. Second reason is Dr. Gorman and his staff who have always been very […]
Michael S.
patient care, as soon as you walk to the check in desk
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Dr. Challagulla is AWESOME!!! I had my first root canal and it was better than expected. A day later and I feel no pain. Thank you guys!!!!
Tyesha 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 was extremely satisfied with the customer service and the appointment availability. The staff were very professional and friendly. The office was clean and welcoming.
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I just love the atmosphere there and all the friendly staff.
Marquis S.
Awesome! Dr. Gorman is a true professional and very detailed in his work.
Nick H.
The dental tech was so knowledgeable, and proficient at cleaning my teeth, that I almost fell asleep!
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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.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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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 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
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