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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
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.
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.
I trust my dentist completely.
Barry M.
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.
The staff and Dr Oppenheimer are great. He pulled my teeth and I don’t even know it’s gone.
Verethia W.
Dr Gorman and staff are very thorough and sincerely concerned about patient dental health.
Sonia G.
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 am very satisfied with the service I receive. Always courteous and conscientious of my dental care.
Ray H.
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.
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.
Friendly staff, clean office, and good work.
Kevin H.
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.
High level of competence of Dr. Gorman and staff; caring manner and professional interactions.
Leslie G.
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.
Great experience with this office. The staff was really helpful in getting me in on a short notice. Dr. Challagulla is an excellent doctor, very attentive to patient’s needs and concerns. I usually […]
Oksana L.
Awesome! Dr. Gorman is a true professional and very detailed in his work.
Nick H.
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.
Jennifer, my hygienist is wonderful! She was so gentle I barely knew she was there lol Great experience!!!
Stephanie J.
Excellent service, from front desk to the dental chair.
Lacretia C.
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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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