Gentle Dental of Allentown
2015 West Hamilton Street, Suite 202, Allentown, PA 18104
Are you new in town or perhaps haven’t seen a dentist in a long time? We welcome new arrivals to Allentown. If you’re concerned about how long it’s been since you’ve visited a dentist, don’t worry about it. We won’t criticize you. What is important is that you’re coming in now.
We offer a full range of services, including routine checkups, teeth cleanings, treatment for gum disease and more. We recommend that you schedule a checkup twice a year. Our goal is to help all of our patients have a healthy, attractive smile which they will want to show off at every opportunity.
During your initial dental exam, you can expect:
You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our dentist questions during your dental exam. When you come in for your first appointment, we will ask about your medical history and we’ll need to know if you take any medications. We consider ourselves our patients’ partners in their oral health, so if you need any treatment, we go over your options with you. Please give our office a call today to arrange your initial appointment.
Since the American Dental Association recommends a teeth cleaning twice a year, we encourage our patients to get their teeth cleaned when they come in for their routine exam. Removing plaque and tartar buildup will help prevent cavities and gingivitis. Having a professional cleaning will also enhance your smile because the gritty toothpaste the hygienist uses removes surface staining. Your breath will also be fresher and since your teeth are nice and smooth now, less plaque will stick to them, making your brushing and flossing at home more effective. Our dentist may also suggest a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth enamel after your cleaning. Your dental hygienist will go over your oral health routine with you if they see that you’re missing any areas of your mouth when brushing your teeth.
Gingivitis, the most common form of gum disease, is typically caused by plaque that builds up where your teeth meet your gums. If you notice swollen, puffy and bright red gums, please call our office to make an appointment. Your gums could also look shiny as they stretch to cover the inflamed tissue underneath and you may notice your breath smells unpleasant. Gingivitis is reversible, but left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease. Without periodontal treatment, periodontitis may lead to tooth loss, as the disease will erode a tooth’s support structure.
Our dentist is the ideal person to see if you have halitosis, which is the medical term for chronic bad breath. Having temporary bad breath after eating onions is not halitosis; it’s normal. Typically, a dental cleaning will stop chronic bad breath because it removes plaque, the bacteria that causes unpleasant breath. Regular cleanings and following your dentist’s recommendations for oral care, such as using an antibacterial mouth rinse and brushing your tongue, will cure most causes of chronic bad breath instead of covering it up. Your dentist will also look for decay and gum disease, which are treatable causes of bad breath. Smoking will also cause bad breath. Contact our office; you won’t have to worry about bad breath once our dentist discovers the cause.
Tobacco use is a risk factor for oral cancer, but non-smokers also get oral cancer. Other risk factors include drinking alcohol, the HPV virus and genetics. There are also people with no known risk factors who get oral cancer. Our dentist recommends a quick, painless screening for oral cancer during your dental exam. It possible to cure oral cancer if it is detected early. Since oral cancer is usually painless in the early stages, we urge you to schedule a screening for oral cancer and an exam if it has been more than a year since you’ve seen a dentist. Also contact us if you have trouble swallowing, have a sore that won’t heal or you have a red or white patch inside your mouth, which should be looked at as soon as possible.
Call us today at (610) 616-3593 to schedule your dental exam in Allentown with a screening for oral cancer.