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

Oral Hygiene in Allentown, PA

Keeping your teeth strong, your gums in good health, and your smile sparkling requires regular oral hygiene practices. Daily dental care at home is one component of a healthy smile, but you also need to get regular professional dental treatment. For the professional care you need, the experienced dentists at our dental practice can help you maintain optimal dental health.

Does Oral Hygiene Make a Difference in Your Dental Health?

Yes, dental hygiene can provide you with a healthy, strong, and sparkling smile by eliminating the particles and plaque that cling onto your teeth every day. Over time, these can develop into bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease if they are not regularly removed through hygiene habits. But getting professional dental care and taking care of your teeth at home can keep you protected from these dental problems. Call our office to discover how hygiene works to your advantage.

Should You Follow Certain Oral Hygiene Instructions?

Maintaining your dental health only requires a few hygiene habits. Include the following in your dental hygiene routine:

  • Use a soft-bristle brush to brush your teeth in the morning, at bedtime, and after eating
  • Find a toothpaste with added fluoride for greater tooth enamel protection
  • Floss at least once a day, but preferably more to clean between teeth
  • Limit your consumption of high-sugar beverages and very sweet foods
  • Break your smoking habit
  • Stay away from tobacco products
  • Get regular dental cleanings and exams from a dentist, twice a year

You can lower your risk of developing tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease by adhering to these basic oral hygiene tips.

How Can You Make Sure That You’re Fully Protected from Dental Problems?

There is no doubt about the importance of dental hygiene in maintaining a healthy smile, yet the only way to get advanced protection against bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease is with twice yearly visits to a dentist for professional oral hygiene in Allentown. In addition to benefiting your teeth and gums, good dental health can also protect you from developing many chronic medical conditions. To help ensure that your smile and body stay in the best of health, please call our practice for a professional dental appointment today.

How Do I Develop Good Oral Hygiene Habits with My Child?

Giving your child a proper dental hygiene routine can serve as the basis for their dental health throughout life. When your child is very young, take your child to a dentist before they are one for a full dental exam. This will allow you to detect any possible problems in their dental development. Then, proceed with these visits every six month as your child matures. We have discovered some helpful hints for improving your child’s dental experience if they resist brushing and flossing or get anxious about the dentist.

  • Let your child choose their favorite color toothbrush
  • Reward pleasant dentist appointments with a brand new toy

For more ideas on making dental hygiene more enjoyable for your child, call our office today.

What Dental Hygiene Habits Do You Need to Practice?

Adhering to a proper oral hygiene regimen on a daily basis is just as essential as seeing the dentist twice a year because you need to maintain the health of your smile between dental appointments. Your daily routine needs to begin with thorough brushing in the morning, and then continue after eating and before you go to bed. Only use a fluoridated toothpaste and soft-bristle toothbrush for maximum tooth enamel protection. And finally, floss at least one time every day. We would be happy to give you more details on an at-home hygiene regimen, just call our office and ask.

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Patient Reviews
Before last week I had only ever gone to the same dentist since I was born. However, since they were only a pediatric dentist I had to stop seeing them once I turned 19 and had to find a new dentist […]
Takyra K.
Dr Minetola has always done what was best for preserving my own teeth. He is efficient and pain free.
Carolyn M.
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.
Kelly is always so friendly. Keep her !
Becky C.
I’ve always had good service. Personnel are friendly and courteous.
David F.
I haven’t been to the Dentist in 11 years. The Staff here was highly recommended. They were wonderful and made my experience of going to the Dentist a very pleasant one.
Dennis M.
Love my hygentist Jerry (not sure of the spelling) and the women who checks me in at 8 am, she’s always so cheery for 8am and I love it! And dr Minnetola is the best dentist ever I love everything […]
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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 all I […]
Cheryl O.
Very friendly and profesional place. Make you feel very confortable.
F. C.
I’ve been going here for years. Have no issues.
Jacqueline R.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Sara C.
The wait time s very short and the hygienist and dentist spend the time to assess any problems and answer your questions. When I leave my mouth and teeth always feel as though they have been cleaned […]
Catherine M.
This place is AMAZING. Friendly staff, no waiting 30, 45 minutes just to get in the back room, professional, clean, and helpful. They didn’t chastise me about my dental state and only offered […]
Jascelyn B.
We’ve been seeing Dr Minetola for 25 years. He’s very knowledgeable.
Becky C.
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.
Dr. Minnetola is not only thorough he, and his staff, are friendly and welcoming. They put you at ease.
Terry F.
Extremely knowledgeable Dentist. Dr. Mark Minetola took the time to explain every aspect of my problem. He explained how the problem would be fixed and how I could take the necessary steps to insure […]
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Office Hours
Mon. – 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tue. – 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wed. – 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fri. – 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (610) 616-3593
Fax: (610) 439-1771
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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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