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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Patient Reviews
Very good hygienest
Gary G.
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.
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.
Awesome! Dr. Gorman is a true professional and very detailed in his work.
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I like my Dentist, very Happy atmosphere
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Amazing staff
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I had my first appointment here last week, based on a recommendation. I was so pleased with the visit. The staff was friendly and professional, and I was taken back almost immediately. Dr. Gorman […]
Regina R.
Friendly courtesous staff. Appointment are always on time. When you call to scheduled they give you fast appointments.
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I am very satisfied with the service I receive. Always courteous and conscientious of my dental care.
Ray H.
Very pleasant customer service from the time of appointment to check out
Melissa G.
Great service no wait time.
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Excellent service and professionalism as usual. Very satisfied.
Nicholas L.
I have already recommended two of my friends to this office. They are very professional and friendly.
Alicia H.
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.
Joanne P.
Friendly staff. Wait time is short. Staff is knowledgeable and very courteous.
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Friendly, do good work, I like the people who treat me
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the service was excellent and my Dr have me a pain free experience.
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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 - 5:30 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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