Gentle Dental of West Chester
125 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380

Don’t Rush as You Brush

Tooth Brushing

Each morning, you hit the alarm clock to silence the blaring signal that means you must get out of bed. You drag yourself to your feet, stumble to the bathroom, and fumble for your toothbrush. You’re barely awake while performing one of the most important aspects of your dental care. In fact, in many cases, the habits of brushing and flossing often occur when most people are in a distracted state—running out the door to work, school, or an event, or when it’s time for bed and the last thing you want to do is worry about brushing your teeth. For these reasons, proper dental care techniques often get swept away in the rush of the moment, making friendly reminders about thorough brushing and routine flossing essential to optimizing your dental health.

The following tips are recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) to improve your dental care routine and oral health:

  • The order of your dental care. You can floss before you brush or brush before you floss.
  • Proper quadrant technique. Divide your mouth in quadrants and brush each area for 30 seconds, cleaning the outside, inside, and bottom of the teeth in each quadrant. Angle your toothbrush slightly and brush your teeth with gentle short back-and-forth motions. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, as well.
  • Brush at least twice daily. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Try to brush after every meal to minimize the bacteria and acid that contribute to tooth decay.
  • Floss daily. There are places your toothbrush can’t reach, which makes flossing an essential part of a healthy dental care routine.
  • Rinse with mouthwash after brushing. Use a mouthwash to wash away bacteria and germs that might remain in the mouth after brushing and flossing.
  • Select your toothpaste. There are many toothpaste choices, so choose one that is approved by the ADA.
  • Choose the correct toothbrush. Many family dentistry experts recommend electric or battery-operated toothbrushes, which reduce plaque and gingivitis better than manual brushing. Use a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth and has soft bristles.
  • Clean your dental care equipment. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with water after each brushing and store in an upright position. Allow the toothbrush to air-dry when possible before your next use. Avoid covering or storing your toothbrush in a closed container, which can breed bacteria.
  • Replace your toothbrush regularly. Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, it should be replaced every three months or when the bristles become worn—whichever comes first.
  • Visit an affordable dentist. Schedule routine visits to a family dentistry practice in West Chester every six months.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in West Chester, call Gentle Dental of West Chester today at (484) 643-4417 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in West Chester. 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 West Chester, 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 West Chester. 

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Saw me immediately for dental emergency
James K.
Dr Penfill is very, very thorough
David G.
Friendly, accommodating, and most importantly the work that's been done on my teeth is fantastic. I could ask for anything more in a practice.
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Both excellent dental care and an efficient and informative office staff and administrative system.
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As always, I had a great visit.
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Dr Penfill is awesome!!
David G.
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I had a great experience. Thank you
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very through
Beverly J.
Fast and painless tooth extraction
Chris N.
I was very pleased with Dr. Valentine's professional work. She always makes me feel very comfortable!
Joseph Y.
It was pleasurable.
Maria M.
Dr. Valentine is very personable, and truly seems to care. She makes sure that you see your X-rays in order to understand exactly what may be an […]
Thomas S.
Very accommodating
James K.
Dr. Valentine is great!
Sean P.
Still amazing! Dr. Penfil and Laura! They are awesome!
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As always, everyone in the West Chester office are awesome!
Lucy D.
I have been seeing Dr. Penfil for over 25 years and highly recommend this dentist!
Anonymous
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Most professional, friendly and accomodating.
Frank P.
I was able to get in the same day for a broken filling replacement. I was explained my options to fix the tooth along with the financial impact […]
Curt L.
Great appointment as always!
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I have been treated with respect from the front desk, Dentist to the paying of my bill. This is from a life long dentist hater who is no longer in […]
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As always, everyone that works at Gentle Dental West Chester are awesome.
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I have finally found a dentist (Dr. Valentine) who is absolutely amazing. She is professional, sincere and efficient. I never leave her office […]
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Great folks to be around during a trip to the dentist. Everything went perfectly! I was in and out before I knew it.
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The folks at Gentle Dental are professional and friendly.
Anonymous
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Matthew R.
I had a good experience this past Friday. I had 2 teeth extracted by Dr. Valentine. She did a great job. She is very nice and professional at the […]
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Caring, patient treatment. Answered all of my questions and kept me apprised of what was going on. Friendly, excellent and painless care. Very good!
Daniel M.
Always a good experience
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Excellent service and great advice.
Lee T.
very good dentist would recommend to anyone.
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The office was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. The doctor was very caring and helpful.
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I was taken on time. Service was quick and painless. I had a filling done and a cleaning the previous week. Everyone from the receptionist to the […]
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treatment was very gentle
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Anonymous
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Bret R.
Difficult situation worked out very well so far.
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Elwood C.
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Great dentist, very personable and put me at ease right away. And that's saying something since you usually have to gas me before I'd let you near me.
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Dr. Valentine is very very nice and very patient with me I know I can be a difficult patient at times. I am thankful to her and her staff
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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