Gentle Dental of Allentown
2015 West Hamilton Street, Suite 202, Allentown, PA 18104

Coming Clean About Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygiene

Once you realize the role of the dental hygienist, you can appreciate all they do to keep you smiling. Teeth cleaning—removing plaque and tartar and polishing teeth to remove stains and restore the teeth’s shine—is the specialty of a dental hygienist. But in addition to teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist performs thorough examinations to detect any signs of gum disease and tooth decay, and take X-rays to check for dental problems with the teeth and jaw. While the dental hygienist may specialize in teeth cleaning, they really do so much more to help prevent dental health problems.

It takes compassion to be a dental hygienist—they must be sensitive to the anxiety and fear some people experience when they’re at the dentist. They need stamina to lean over patients for hours. They must have manual dexterity to perform teeth cleaning and other dental procedures. And they must possess attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills to communicate with patients.

A dental hygienist needs special training. Private dental practices require that a dental hygienist have at least an associate’s degree or certificate in dental hygiene. A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree is typically needed for teaching, research, or clinical practice in public health programs. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed, but each state’s requirements vary.

The dental hygienist field is expected to grow by nearly 40% between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than the average for other occupations. This is because ongoing research that links oral health with overall well-being will increase the need for the preventative care that a dental hygienist provides. Demand will also be driven by the aging baby boomers—whose wish to keep more of their original teeth than previous generations—will require preventative maintenance.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Allentown, call Gentle Dental of Allentown today at (610) 616-3593 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Allentown. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Allentown, 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 Gentle Dental of Allentown.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
I had some complicated dental work done, and was able to relax the whole time, because I have complete trust in Dr. Minetola.
Hillie C.
Staff was very friendly and they were able to save me time by fitting me in for a cleaning in addition to my x-rays on the same day. Dr. Minetola […]
Ronald H.
The new person I had was very friendly and made sure I was ok during the procedure. The service I was there for was performed correctly & timely.
Janet K.
Very happy on how good I was treated and honesty on the doctors part
Juan M.
Dr Minetola was excellent and knowledge...will refer him to friends
Raymond W.
The service was excellent and the dentists are great. I wouldn't go anywhere else!
Amanda F.
My hygentist is the best
Anonymous
My appointment was scheduled for 8:50, but the dentist didn't come in until 9:20. At first I was upset, then I realized how thorough he was and that […]
Dawn S.
Friendly staff. No waiting.
Anonymous
The office staff is always nice. They stay very close to appointment times without making you feel rushed.
Katelyn M.
The staff and the doctor was friendly and courteous . I will def make this my dentist And will bring my son in also . I told my boyfriend about it […]
Luz F.
Very satisfied with overall experience ! Tooth looks great , would never know anything was done to it :)
Carol R.
Amazing staff, awesome service, would recommend to anyone
Steven M.
:) great job
Angela H.
The best dental care I've ever received.
Robert G.
I felt like I was truly taken care of
Carol B.
short wait times .Drs. very through.
Daniel C.
Knowledgeable and friendly
Raymond W.
Great results. No pain. Professional
Kenneth W.
The care was very good. I thought the staff was friendly and caring to their patients.
Courtney F.
As always everyone was kind and efficient.
Elain A.
It was great, as always.
Dorothy L.
Finally a dentist that will do whats best for YOU! Dr. Minetola explained everything he was doing and made sure i was comfortable. The billing was […]
Peter C.
I am very pleased with the services that were provided to me!
Sharon W.
Very thorough process and all all staff is friendly and professional!!
Catherine P.
Awesome experience couldn't have asked for a better one Heather and Dr. Minetola are very professional and made me feel comfortable from the second I […]
Brandon K.
Very friendly and efficient staff.
Michael S.
everything was fine; Gerri did an excellent cleaning!
David L.
I never like going to the dentist until coming to Gentle Dental.. As I open the door Treat greeting from the ladies in the front windows.. Smiles […]
Jema G.
I was very satisfied.
Joan B.
The office staff is always pleasant and helpful.
Deborah C.
If you are looking for a dentist, no need to look anymore! This is an incredible practice and I recommend everyone coming to Gentle Dental. Dr. […]
Katie J.
I was completely satisfied with the dental procedure I had done on 9/4/2014.
Lena F.
Everyone here is very friendly and they explain all the procedures carefully.
Kathleen M.
my experience with the dentists, dental assistants, etc was wonderful. once I was in the room everything was friendly helpful and handled gently as I […]
Anonymous
everything was excellent and Geri (sp?) was especially thouough and helpful.
David L.
Gentle as Dental work can be.
Abraham S.
Everyone was friendly and knowledgable.
Anonymous
Excellent service. I love gentle dental.
Franklin D.
Everything was completed as was quoted.
Frederick S.
My dental hygienist was awesome, Donielle was very sweet and personable.
Timothy B.
excellent and very professional!
David L.
From the time that I arrived to the time that I left the office everyone I encountered was very courteous, concerned & friendly. I liked Dr. Minetola […]
Patricia B.
My teeth are beautifully clean! Another great visit to Gentle Dental!
Christina P.
Great place and people
Angela H.
Nice customer service and easy to leave smiling
Jeff P.
Great people doing great things! Also Dr. Minetola is the man and will never go to another dentist while he is still practicing! He explains things […]
Brandon K.
Everything I went there for turned out fine.
Janet K.
A+ service you guys rock.....
Annette R.
Everyone is very nice and , and they explain procedures, why they are needed and what the outcome will be.
Christina P.
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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 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (610) 616-3593
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