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

Chewing tobacco is dangerous for dental health

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If you smoke, then you’ve probably been told by your doctor that you should quit for the health of your heart and lungs, and by the dentist that you should give up this dangerous habit for the sake of your teeth. According to HealthyTeeth.org, cigarettes may cause stained teeth and shrinking gums, which is why it’s important to quit. While some people may swap cigarettes for chewing tobacco when they are trying to quit, this form of tobacco may actually be worse for the teeth.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer, and the sugar in smokeless tobacco may cause decay in exposed tooth roots. Furthermore, chewing tobacco may cause the gums to pull away from the teeth where the tobacco is being held. When this occurs, the gums will not go back into place.

For all of these reasons, it’s important for people who smoke or use chewing tobacco to talk to their doctor or dentist about ways to quit before these two equally dangerous habits may permanently affect dental health.

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Everyone is very helpful and nice. Also, they also made sure I understood the reasons for their recommendations.
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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!
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Been going there for over 30 years
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Dental tech was super and very personable. I have always been attended very close to appointed time of visit
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Competent, friendly and timely service.
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Everyone is so nice and helpful! No stress!
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Everyone is so friendly and helpful.
Annmarie F.
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.
Staff and Dr. Mark are skilled people and very personable.
Gregory P.
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.
Dr Mark Menatola is excellent & his assistant Judy. They are the BEST!!
Denise B.
I’ve been going here for years. Have no issues.
Jacqueline R.
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.
My dental hygienist, Jerri, is awesome. She has a quiet, calm and kind manner, yet she is competent and gentle. The dentist who then checked my teeth was thorough and quick. Other office personnel […]
Elizabeth K.
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.
Kelly is always so friendly. Keep her !
Becky C.
My experience at gentle dental was my first time there. They put me at ease. The work done was perfect and at reasonable cost with discount plan for this self-paying patient. Best dental experience […]
Bernd A.
The dentist was very gentle, not harsh at all, friendly and professional.
Elizabeth M.
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 […]
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Dr. Minetola is an amazing dentist and his assistant Judy is wondeful
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