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

Your Teeth Need a Healthy Diet, Too

Healthy Teeth

What’s good for your health is also good for the health of your teeth. Many of the foods that build your body’s immunity to disease are proving to build stronger teeth and gums as well. And stocking your pantry with these delicious items is a lot easier and more affordable than that unscheduled trip to the dentist if something goes wrong.

Antioxidants not only help our bodies fight disease, but they also play a part in good dental care. Antioxidants have been shown to help reduce inflammation and minimize its effect on teeth and gums. Some of the most well-known antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene, and selenium, which are in many fruits and vegetables such as cantaloupe, berries, squash, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale. Other sources are milk and almonds.

While antioxidants help in reducing the development of dental problems, foods with crunch and calcium can help remove existing ones. Crunchy foods like apples, pears, celery, and carrots, can remove harmful plaque, as well as coffee, tea, and red wine stains. Calcium-rich foods including dairy products, nuts, and leafy greens will help to strengthen teeth and can redeposit the minerals on your teeth’s enamel that have been eroded by acidic foods.

Like sugar, acidic-containing foods cause some of the worst problems, say dental care experts. And those damaging acids can be found in healthy foods like citrus and tomatoes. But you can still enjoy acidic foods if you eat them along with other fruits and vegetables that have high water content. This water content will dilute the acids and stimulate your saliva to wash away food particles.

Many people use sugar substitutes to avoid sugar’s detrimental dental effects. Even though sugar substitutes don’t produce the acids that contribute to tooth decay, sugarless or sugar-free products can be just as damaging as sugar.

The foods you consume can make a big difference in the health of your gums and teeth, but most important to your dental care is regular dentist visits. It takes an expert in family dentistry to detect and resolve dental problems before they become more difficult and expensive to treat. Luckily, you can find an excellent and affordable dentist in Allentown who will provide the compassionate dental care you need.

To learn more about family dentistry 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
Courteous, timely, cleanliness, and friendly people, plus does a good job on my teeth.
Lois H.
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.
Feel that Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Minetola are very courteous and very competent.
Nancy K.
I have horrible anxiety and the whole staff made me feel comfortable.
Jennifer M.
Excellent service, cleaning was smooth, speedy. Amy was terrific!
Cathy W.
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!
Hana S.
It had been a while since I had been in for an appt and was a little nervous. Everyone made me feel at ease right away. I was in and out super fast!
Avery M.
The person who cleaned my teeth was extremely sensitive and kind about my dental phobia.
Susan G.
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.
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.
Pleasant, on time, very professional, extremely knowledgeable
Patricia D.
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.
Dr. Fergusen, Joanne, and the staff were patient, understanding to my needs, and professional. I would recommend anyone to them because they have great social skills.
Mark S.
Very thorough and friendly staff at my initial visit. Looking forward to a cleaning with them!
Amanda B.
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.
Great service
Johanna K.
Dr. Minnetola is not only thorough he, and his staff, are friendly and welcoming. They put you at ease.
Terry F.
prompt professional service
Nancy E.
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.
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!
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  • 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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