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

Why Dental Care is Good for More Than Your Teeth

Checking Dental Health Helps Keeps Diseases At Bay

While most people think that dental problems only concern their teeth and gums, the truth is that they can be a sign of conditions affecting the whole body. Research has shown that dental pain can indicate issues with heart health, blood sugar levels, and respiratory illness. Since dental problems may be a symptom of diseases and other health concerns, it’s important to see your dentist on a regular basis and pay attention to any changes in your dental health.

Dental problems have long been linked to diabetes, but they can also signal blood disorders, impaired immunity, bacterial diseases, and nutritional deficiencies. These issues are caused when the bacteria from tooth decay or gum disease spreads throughout the body. In addition to being a sign of poor health, dental disease can actually lead to health problems. For instance, severe gum disease can increase the risk of premature delivery and low weight among pregnant women. Since dental problems are so closely tied to health concerns, they demand attention beyond your usual dental care. Treating them early can save a lot of effort and expense, so find an affordable dentist in Allentown to take care of them immediately.

If you’re over age 40 or dealing with diabetes, it’s important to practice good dental care and visit your dentist regularly because gum disease can evolve into the more serious periodontitis, which can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes or worsen an existing case. The high sugar levels often associated with diabetes can also compromise your immune system and make it more difficult to fight infections, including oral disease. This can result in tooth decay, delayed healing of mouth sores, tooth sensitivity, and dry mouth.

Respiratory illness is also related to dental health. When high levels of bacteria accumulate in the mouth, they can move down the throat and into the lungs to cause conditions that complicate breathing. If left untreated, this can lead to serious illnesses like pneumonia.

Since your dental health is so connected to your overall health, it’s important to keep your dentist informed of any health conditions or concerns. This will help your dentist catch any problems in their early stages and devise the dental care treatments that will be most beneficial.

While treatment is good, prevention is best. Proper dental care can go far toward preventing the dental disease that can lead to health conditions in the body. Good dental care includes brushing teeth twice a day and flossing daily, along with regular check-ups by an affordable dentist in Allentown. These efforts can make a significant difference in your dental health and overall wellness.

To find an affordable dentist in Allentown who will help you stay as healthy as possible, call Gentle Dental of Allentown today at (610) 616-3593 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate 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 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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Amazing staff, awesome service, would recommend to anyone
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Everything was completed as was quoted.
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I was completely satisfied with the dental procedure I had done on 9/4/2014.
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Everyone here is very friendly and they explain all the procedures carefully.
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Annette R.
It was great, as always.
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The office staff is always pleasant and helpful.
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My teeth are beautifully clean! Another great visit to Gentle Dental!
Christina P.
The office staff is always nice. They stay very close to appointment times without making you feel rushed.
Katelyn 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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Raymond W.
everything was fine; Gerri did an excellent cleaning!
David L.
I am very pleased with the services that were provided to me!
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Franklin D.
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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The best dental care I've ever received.
Robert G.
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The care was very good. I thought the staff was friendly and caring to their patients.
Courtney 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 […]
Brandon K.
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Timothy B.
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Anonymous
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Joan B.
I had some complicated dental work done, and was able to relax the whole time, because I have complete trust in Dr. Minetola.
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Gentle as Dental work can be.
Abraham S.
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Jeff P.
Everyone is very nice and , and they explain procedures, why they are needed and what the outcome will be.
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Everyone was friendly and knowledgable.
Anonymous
Everything I went there for turned out fine.
Janet K.
Very happy on how good I was treated and honesty on the doctors part
Juan 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 […]
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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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