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

The Best Ways to Battle Tooth Decay

Cavity Prevention

Tooth decay starts with the gradual deterioration of tooth enamel, which is the hard, protective outer layer of your teeth. The main culprit is a sticky film called plaque that forms on your teeth after you eat and drink. Plaque is full of bacteria, and when you consume foods or drinks with starches and sugars, these bacteria produce acids that break down enamel. If plaque is not removed, it allows the acids stay in constant contact with your vulnerable tooth surfaces. Eventually, the deterioration results in holes called cavities.

Tooth Decay Isn’t Just a Problem for Kids

Although cavities are most common in children, aging adults often experience tooth decay associated with age-related oral changes. Receding gums often accompany advancing age, and periodontal disease is also common. The two factors combined give plaque access to tooth roots, which are covered with cementum, a softer and more vulnerable material than enamel. Tooth roots are more susceptible to decay and more sensitive to hot and cold. Tooth-root decay and sensitivity problems are both common in adults more than 50 years old. Tooth decay along the margins of fillings is also frequently seen. Seniors may have more fillings due to the absence of modern dental care techniques when they were young. As the fillings age, they fracture and leak, causing bacteria to accumulate in the small crevices of the tooth surface. Acid exposure in these areas results in decay.

Cavity-Prevention Tips

  • Brush a minimum of twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use dental floss or interdental cleaners daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugar-filled and starch-laden snacks.
  • Affordable dentists can identify and treat tooth decay before it causes tooth loss.
  • Visit your dentist in Allentown regularly and ask about cavity-prevention treatments, such as dental sealants or fluoride rinses.

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.

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Patient Reviews
Everyone was very kind and attentive to me. My appointment started not long after I got there and was quick and speedy. No problems at all!
Laura M.
They were friendly and worked with me on quickly getting the teeth i needed out taken out
Melissa L.
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 […]
Kira W.
I thought everyone was kind and straight forward which I greatly appreciate. First dentist I ever met who actually took the time to look at x rays with me and explain everything. Also the first one […]
Valentine C.
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 […]
Lorrie R.
Dr M is wonderful: kind, friendly, calming. My appointments are always on time and o leave feeling great.
Mary M.
Good dental care.
Rory K.
Professional care and service, concern for my overall comfort
Judith K.
I’ve been going to this Gentle Dental for years (decades?) and the entire staff is excellent. Years ago I switched jobs and moved and tried a new dentist and was dissatisfied, so when I […]
Brad
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 […]
Cheryl O.
Professional Dental Care.
Jean K.
I have been a patient of Mark Minettola for over 30 years and never had a single problem with my teeth.That should be reason enough for a 10
William H.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Minetola for years. They are both extremely knowledgeable and have a great support staff working with them.
Nicole P.
As always everyone is so professional. Thank you! See you all in December 2017.
Shaylyn K.
The dentist was very gentle, not harsh at all, friendly and professional.
Elizabeth M.
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 […]
Michael V.
Pleasant, on time, very professional, extremely knowledgeable
Patricia D.
I have horrible anxiety and the whole staff made me feel comfortable.
Jennifer M.
Professional service
Jean K.
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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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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