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

Toddlers Benefit from Early Trips to the Dentist

Toddlers Benefit from Early Trips to the Dentist.

When your toddler’s teeth are just starting to fully develop, you may think professional dental care isn’t quite necessary. However, starting young is one of the most important things you can do for your child’s dental health.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should have their first dental check-up by age 1. In addition to teaching children proper dental care habits, such as how to brush their teeth, starting early is a good way to get your child used to the strange sounds, feelings and tools that they may encounter during their first visit.

“Most the little ones at that age only have a few teeth in. But at that time is when we really hit the parents with education, with regards to use of the bottle, when they get them off the nursing bottle, if they’re breast-fed or breastfeeding, use of the sippy cup,” Dr. Buddy Brice, board certified diplomat with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, told WLOX13 News.

He added that because children do not really have the dexterity to brush their own teeth thoroughly until the ages of 8 to 10, parents need to help the child brush and floss their teeth.

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Every aspect of the process was professional, knowledgeable and friendly.
Joseph V.
The staff and Dr Oppenheimer are great. He pulled my teeth and I don’t even know it’s gone.
Verethia W.
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.
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.
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.
elena did a great job cleaning my teeth
Steven K.
Clean friendly.Dr. Gorman has been there for a long time. I trust him.
April S.
The staff is very friendly and efficient. I like how the doctors and dental assistants explain each step of the procedures along the way.
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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 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.
Great service no wait time.
Caesar C.
responded promptly and effectively to a dental need
Joel L.
Excellent service and professionalism as usual. Very satisfied.
Nicholas L.
Matthew is a huge asset to the firm. He is thorough, gentle and knowledgeable.
Marcia S.
The dental tech was so knowledgeable, and proficient at cleaning my teeth, that I almost fell asleep!
Tracy T.
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.
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 […]
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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 […]
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I was taken on time. The staff was friendly. I have been a patient there for many years.
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Friendly courtesous staff. Appointment are always on time. When you call to scheduled they give you fast appointments.
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  • 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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