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.

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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 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.
Friendly, do good work, I like the people who treat me
Roger K.
I was well satisfied with my diagnosis.
Hildegarde F.
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.
Matthew is the best dental hygienist ever!
Kimberly K.
Excellent care. No waiting.
Sarah B.
Great service no wait time.
Caesar C.
First time receiving care from that dentist. I’m impressed. . . he was awesome!
Wyona C.
Friendly staff. Wait time is short. Staff is knowledgeable and very courteous.
Jarie K.
The services are always stellar.
Kody T.
elena did a great job cleaning my teeth
Steven K.
Excellent prompt and responsive
Gary G.
Very pleasant experience. I come here regularly and am never disappointed. Hygienist Elena was excellent today.
Nicholas L.
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.
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.
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.
The friendly environment and wait time is awesome.
Cameron J.
I trust my dentist completely.
Barry M.
Very good service!!
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
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