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

Gum Problems – Is It Gingivitis or Periodontal Disease?

gum disease

Are you safe from the threat of gum disease? If you haven’t contacted a family dentistry practice in Allentown to find an affordable dentist, your oral health could be in jeopardy. Without regular exams, early signs of gum disease may go unnoticed. Early stage gum disease can be resolved with strict dental care. Once it progresses to periodontal disease, it’s more difficult to treat. To avoid the expense of invasive dental care procedures in the future, educate yourself about the stages of gum disease today.

Gingivitis: The First Stage

Gingivitis is defined as the inflammation of the gums, which support the teeth. Symptoms of gingivitis include swollen, red gums and bleeding when brushing and flossing. It’s typically a result of poor dental care, which leads to a buildup of plaque and tartar. Gingivitis can generally be reversed if treated promptly. However, any inflammation that remains untreated can progress to periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease: The Next Stage

Gingivitis is the inflammation and infection of the gums only, but periodontal disease affects the bone below the gums. In periodontal disease, gums recede and deep pockets of infection form. As the disease progresses, teeth may become loose and fall out.

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease
Treatments

Gingivitis usually responds well to strict dental care, which includes brushing often, flossing daily, and rinsing with medicated mouthwash. When gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease, more invasive professional dental care procedures are required, including scaling or root planing to remove hardened tartar. In severe cases of periodontal disease, gum surgery is required to repair the damage, and oral antibiotics may be prescribed.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist 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. 

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This dental practice has been amazing. They are professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable. I had not been to the dentist in quite some time, and was nervous about being reprimanded…nope […]
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Doctor was very thorough, precise, friendly, personable and empathetic about my reason for visit. I was in immense pain at the time. He was able to see me for an emergency. Thank you!
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Mark Minetola and Michele Ferguson are two of the best dentists in this area by far ! I absolutely love my hygienist, she always does an amazing job. Judy Lees is an awesomely amazing assistant and […]
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Dr. Minatoli (if I am spelling correctly) is absolutely amazing. I had extreme dental pain from two cracked teeth and an abscess. Typically, an appointment is made for a later date after assessing […]
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I have been a patient of Dr. Minetola for many years. He is a thorough, knowledgeable, and compassionate dentist and I never have less than excellent care from him and his staff. Although this last […]
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The person who cleaned my teeth was extremely sensitive and kind about my dental phobia.
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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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