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

Make Your Baby’s Dental Care Seem Like Child’s Play

Baby's Dental Care Pattern For Life

Your baby’s teeth have special needs that demand more than the magic touch of the tooth fairy. As the baby’s teeth appear, your family dentist must check, clean, and monitor them for tooth decay on a regular basis. Taking care of these tiny teeth can actually affect your child’s ability to speak and chew, which is why it’s important to start good dental care habits from a very young age. Fortunately, treating your baby to the very best dental care doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. You can find an affordable dentist who will baby your child’s teeth in West Chester.

While some may think that baby teeth don’t require much care since they fall out at a young age, the baby’s primary teeth actually prepare the child’s gums for their adult teeth. This is why it’s essential to take your child to the dentist and maintain good dental care from a very young age. The efforts you make in infancy will affect your child’s dental health for their rest of their life.

But don’t wait until a tooth appears to start practicing dental hygiene for your baby. Infants need to have their gums gently cleaned with a water-dampened cloth or soft infant toothbrush each day. Yet there’s no need for toothpaste until their teeth come in.

One of the greatest concerns with infant dental care is avoiding the tooth decay that can develop while the child is drinking from a bottle and nursing. This is especially problematic when the bottle is given during naps and nightly sleep since the milk, formula, or juices can coat their teeth and erode their tooth enamel. To help alleviate the problem, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that nursing children only have water in their bottles when they’re napping or sleeping at night.

To keep your baby’s new teeth as healthy as possible, take your baby to the dentist when their first tooth appears. This can happen as early as the first few months or as late as the child’s first birthday.

As soon as your baby has teeth to brush, start cleaning their teeth every day before bedtime. Simply place a small amount of toothpaste on a baby toothbrush and gently clean each tooth. Be sure to wash away the toothpaste with cool water since babies are unable to do it themselves.

Most young children learn to brush their own teeth between the ages of two and five. Show them how to place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the brush and carefully clean around every tooth. Teach them to rinse with a cup of water and then spit out the toothpaste without swallowing any. Praise their efforts and watch them develop good dental care habits that will last a lifetime.

To find the affordable dental care your family deserves, call Gentle Dental of West Chester today at (484) 643-4417 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate 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 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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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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Difficult situation worked out very well so far.
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It was pleasurable.
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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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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 […]
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This is my first visit. The staff is very nice on the phone and in person. I really like Dr. Valentine. She is thorough,caring of my needs and made […]
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As always, everyone that works at Gentle Dental West Chester are awesome.
Lucy D.
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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Most professional, friendly and accomodating.
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Painless!
Sharon R.
The office was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. The doctor was very caring and helpful.
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Saw me immediately for dental emergency
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Both excellent dental care and an efficient and informative office staff and administrative system.
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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 […]
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Always on time for appointments and very friendly staff.
Anonymous
Made me feel comfortable and people were friendly
Pamela J.
As always, everyone in the West Chester office are awesome!
Lucy D.
The folks at Gentle Dental are professional and friendly.
Anonymous
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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Elwood C.
very good dentist would recommend to anyone.
Elwood C.
treatment was very gentle
Anonymous
Still amazing! Dr. Penfil and Laura! They are awesome!
Jacqueline W.
Excellent service and great advice.
Lee T.
Every one is so nice and they make you feel comfortable !!
Pamela J.
Dr Valentine continues to be the best dentist I've seen. Quick, painless, efficient. Couldn't be happier.
Bret R.
Fast and painless tooth extraction
Chris N.
I had a great experience. Thank you
Regina G.
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 […]
Al K.
very through
Beverly J.
Great appointment as always!
Lucy D.
Dr. Valentine is great!
Sean P.
Always a good experience
James K.
Dr Penfill is very, very thorough
David G.
I have been seeing Dr. Penfil for over 25 years and highly recommend this dentist!
Anonymous
I was very pleased with Dr. Valentine's professional work. She always makes me feel very comfortable!
Joseph Y.
Great folks to be around during a trip to the dentist. Everything went perfectly! I was in and out before I knew it.
Chris T.
Extremely kind. Great customer service. They were able to schedule me in for an emergency appointment the same day I called.
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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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  • Phone: (484) 643-4417
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