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

Coming Clean About Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygiene

Once you realize the role of the dental hygienist, you can appreciate all they do to keep you smiling. Teeth cleaning—removing plaque and tartar and polishing teeth to remove stains and restore the teeth’s shine—is the specialty of a dental hygienist. But in addition to teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist performs thorough examinations to detect any signs of gum disease and tooth decay, and take X-rays to check for dental problems with the teeth and jaw. While the dental hygienist may specialize in teeth cleaning, they really do so much more to help prevent dental health problems.

It takes compassion to be a dental hygienist—they must be sensitive to the anxiety and fear some people experience when they’re at the dentist. They need stamina to lean over patients for hours. They must have manual dexterity to perform teeth cleaning and other dental procedures. And they must possess attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills to communicate with patients.

A dental hygienist needs special training. Private dental practices require that a dental hygienist have at least an associate’s degree or certificate in dental hygiene. A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree is typically needed for teaching, research, or clinical practice in public health programs. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed, but each state’s requirements vary.

The dental hygienist field is expected to grow by nearly 40% between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than the average for other occupations. This is because ongoing research that links oral health with overall well-being will increase the need for the preventative care that a dental hygienist provides. Demand will also be driven by the aging baby boomers—whose wish to keep more of their original teeth than previous generations—will require preventative maintenance.

To learn about our family dentistry practice 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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Been going there for over 30 years
Paula Y.
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.
Friendliness, knowledge and skill of the Dr and dental assistant.
Sharon S.
I needed an emergency repair and they could quickly accommodate me.
Sharon Y.
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.
Satisfied patient
Michael K.
Competent, friendly and timely service.
Thomas M.
Friendly employees
Oraine T.
what I like about gentle dental is the honesty, is accesible with prices and the costumer service, everybody listens to my concerns and explain everything
Carolina Z.
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.
The person who cleaned my teeth was extremely sensitive and kind about my dental phobia.
Susan G.
Everyone cares about the patients–from Dr. Minetola, Dr. Ferguson, the dental assistants to the staff in reception—and that makes for a positive experience.
Kathleen D.
Completely satisfied
Michael K.
Dr. Minnetola is not only thorough he, and his staff, are friendly and welcoming. They put you at ease.
Terry F.
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.
Great service
Johanna K.
Friendly professionals ! Dr. Minetola and his staff are great.
David E.
Always has been a good experience. Great dental care.
Steven S.
Professional service
Jean K.
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 […]
John W.
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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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