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

The Importance of Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

Many Factors Should Be Considered When Choosing A Child's Dentist

Caring for your child’s primary teeth is as important as caring for their permanent teeth. The delicate tissues that surround the teeth are not temporary—they must last a lifetime. This means that you can begin teaching your child about dental care long before their first tooth even emerges. Current statistics show that tooth decay and gum disease among children is rapidly growing, while rates among adults are on the decline. Proper dental care is as important to your child’s early development as learning to read and write and caring for his or her total body health. Ask your family dentistry professional how you can ensure that your child maintains a beautiful smile for a lifetime.

Twenty five percent of children show signs of tooth decay before they enter kindergarten—a startling statistic that is largely preventable. Even more alarming is the fact that half of all children between the ages of 12 and 15 have cavities. These stats may be related to poor dental care habits across all age groups. Many people don’t realize that dental care isn’t just about the teeth, it includes the gums and jawbone, too, so caring for your child’s teeth can begin shortly after birth. You can wipe your baby’s gums with a soft cloth after feeding and familiarize your baby with the sensation of proper dental care. As early as age two, family dentistry experts recommend that children try brushing for themselves. Parents should supervise to ensure that clean teeth and good dental care habits develop.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dental sealants can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay. Ask your family dentistry practitioner about dental sealants. These plastic protective coatings for teeth can ward off tooth decay and last as long as ten years.

Fluoride has been shown to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay effectively, and is the single greatest advancement in dentistry in the last century. In the 1930s, the discovery led lawmakers to add fluoride to the public water system in most cities. Today three out of four Americans enjoy fluoridated water from their public water sources, and tooth decay has declined substantially. If your water isn’t fluoridated, talk to your dentist about affordable fluoride treatments. ADA-approved toothpastes and mouthwashes also contain fluoride, but be cautious when choosing dental care products for young children, since too much fluoride before age six can cause tooth discoloration.

With proper dental care—brushing and flossing daily, along with twice-a-year visits to an affordable dentist—you can ensure that your kids learn oral hygiene habits that will give them a beautiful smile for life.

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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Patient Reviews
everything was fine; Gerri did an excellent cleaning!
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 […]
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Knowledgeable and friendly
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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 […]
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Friendly staff. No waiting.
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I felt like I was truly taken care of
Carol B.
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.
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Michael S.
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 […]
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The best dental care I've ever received.
Robert G.
I was completely satisfied with the dental procedure I had done on 9/4/2014.
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Katie J.
I was very satisfied.
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Annette R.
The office staff is always pleasant and helpful.
Deborah C.
Very thorough process and all all staff is friendly and professional!!
Catherine P.
everything was excellent and Geri (sp?) was especially thouough and helpful.
David L.
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.
Everything I went there for turned out fine.
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Steven M.
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.
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Christina P.
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Carol R.
The office staff is always nice. They stay very close to appointment times without making you feel rushed.
Katelyn M.
The care was very good. I thought the staff was friendly and caring to their patients.
Courtney F.
The service was excellent and the dentists are great. I wouldn't go anywhere else!
Amanda F.
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 […]
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Kenneth W.
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Daniel C.
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David L.
Everyone here is very friendly and they explain all the procedures carefully.
Kathleen M.
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Franklin D.
I am very pleased with the services that were provided to me!
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Angela H.
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.
Nice customer service and easy to leave smiling
Jeff P.
Very happy on how good I was treated and honesty on the doctors part
Juan 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
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Anonymous
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Angela H.
Dr Minetola was excellent and knowledge...will refer him to friends
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Gentle as Dental work can be.
Abraham S.
My dental hygienist was awesome, Donielle was very sweet and personable.
Timothy B.
Everything was completed as was quoted.
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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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