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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
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.
Jennifer, my hygienist is wonderful! She was so gentle I barely knew she was there lol Great experience!!!
Stephanie J.
Very happy with the assistance and advice I received.
Eric W.
I have been seeing Dr. Oppenheim for years and he is the reason
James V.
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 […]
James C.
The assistant cleaning my teeth was very pleasant and very knowledgeable concerning my teeth problem and how it is affected by my diabetes.
Charles C.
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 […]
Brooke G.
The friendly environment and wait time is awesome.
Cameron J.
The dental tech was so knowledgeable, and proficient at cleaning my teeth, that I almost fell asleep!
Tracy T.
Very pleasant experience. I come here regularly and am never disappointed. Hygienist Elena was excellent today.
Nicholas L.
Excellent prompt and responsive
Gary G.
I am very satisfied with the service I receive. Always courteous and conscientious of my dental care.
Ray H.
I’m happy with Dr. Gorman and the staff.
Susan R.
I have already recommended two of my friends to this office. They are very professional and friendly.
Alicia H.
High level of competence of Dr. Gorman and staff; caring manner and professional interactions.
Leslie G.
Friendly courtesous staff. Appointment are always on time. When you call to scheduled they give you fast appointments.
Jarie K.
Great experience today. Very professional and courteous staff. Front desk receptionist Cheryl and Hygentist Jennifer were the best. Can’t leave out Dr. “G” he has a way of putting a […]
Karen W.
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.
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.
The staff is very friendly and efficient. I like how the doctors and dental assistants explain each step of the procedures along the way.
Alicia H.
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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 - 5:30 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
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  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
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