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

Tips for Preventing Childhood Cavities

dca-blog_cavity-prevention-lollipop

When you have kids, it’s important to find an affordable dentist to provide professional dental care, but there are many simple ways for preventing tooth decay, and some of them cost little and work amazingly well. When you help your kids develop good dental care habits early, they’ll spend less time at the dentist and more time showing off their smiles. Here are a few recommendations to help you get your kids’ dental care routine on the right track.

Your Kids’ Dental Care Routine

  • Make sure your kids brush their teeth properly at least twice a day.
  • Flossing once per day is equally important. Flavored floss may encourage compliance.
  • Find an affordable dentist, and make an appointment as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts.
  • Ask your dentist in Owings Mills about professional dental sealants to prevent tooth decay.

Eating for Better Dental Health

  • Pack lunch boxes with crisp, juicy fruits; they will help keep your child’s mouth hydrated.
  • Serve low-fat, healthy cheese as a snack. The concentrated calcium helps strengthen teeth.
  • Include natural nut butters made from peanuts, almonds, and other nuts; these contain nutrients that help remineralize teeth.

Change Eating Habits that Damage Teeth

  • Avoid serving snacks frequently between meals. When possible, have your children brush or rinse with water or mouthwash after eating snacks.
  • Severely limit or avoid sugary and sticky snacks like fruit leathers, cookies, and candy.
  • Teach your kids to avoid sharing foods and drinks with others as this can spread oral bacteria.
  • Encourage kids to drink plenty of water, and limit the consumption of acidic, sweet fruit juices.
  • Eliminate soda.

Professional Intervention

When a tooth problem develops, seek dental care from a qualified, affordable dentist in Owings Mills immediately. If you follow your dentist’s recommendations regarding scheduled visits, imaging, and treatments, you’ll save money and your child won’t have to face the dreaded dental drill quite so often.

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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Matthew is the best dental hygienist ever!
Kimberly K.
I trust my dentist completely.
Barry M.
Every aspect of the process was professional, knowledgeable and friendly.
Joseph V.
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.
I was taken on time. The staff was friendly. I have been a patient there for many years.
Linda P.
I like Dr. Gorman
Elyse S.
Friendly staff. Wait time is short. Staff is knowledgeable and very courteous.
Jarie K.
Excellent care. No waiting.
Sarah B.
Everyone is so great! I get so nervous to go to the dentist but they made it actually enjoyable believe it or not! Great practice!!
Melissa C.
elena did a great job cleaning my teeth
Steven K.
Mathew is terrific
Mark B.
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 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.
I’ve been using this office since I was a young child and now I bring my own young child there with me. They are great with me and even better with my son. He loves it there. They also participate […]
James C.
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.
I love them. They are the best. My husband and I have been with them for 15 years. You are guaranteed great service.
Debbie I.
I was in a great deal of pain and was able to be squeezed in imedialty! I have terrible anxiety about having any type of dental work done however, Dr. Gorman always takes the time to explain to me […]
Ashley H.
I have been going to this particular dental office practically all my life. My kids and husband also receive dental care here. I trust them with my and my family’s teeth.
Lauren C.
Awesome! Dr. Gorman is a true professional and very detailed in his work.
Nick H.
Office staff is efficient & clinical staff is knowledgeable & take good care of my teeth & gums.
Bonnie W.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

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.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

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
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
Our Location