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

Teeth Cleaning – Why it Matters

Dental Hygiene

Taking good care of your teeth at home is important, but to ensure your long-term dental health, you need to see a dental hygienist for professional teeth cleaning regularly. Most dental insurance policies will cover the cost, and the procedure is easy and painless. Many people don’t get regular cleanings because they assume their dental care at home is adequate, but experts recommend getting a professional teeth cleaning from a skilled dental hygienist at least twice a year. The benefits aren’t just cosmetic; regular teeth cleaning can save your teeth.

Bacteria: Always a Big Problem

Your mouth is full of bacteria. Its presence is perfectly normal and natural, but it is also the cause of gum disease and tooth decay. Within only 24 to 48 hours after you receive a professional dental cleaning, the oral bacteria removed by the cleaning process starts to re-colonize. Although brushing and flossing regularly helps to remove the bacteria on an ongoing basis, plaque still forms on your teeth within six months of your teeth cleaning. Residual plaque calcifies and becomes impossible to remove without professional dental instruments.

Additional Benefits of a Teeth Cleanings

Even if your only visits are for a routine teeth cleaning, your dentist in West Chester can spot early problems like new cavities or gum inflammation during the exam. Seeing your dentist can even save your life. The condition of your teeth and gums can reveal serious medical issues like oral cancer, leukemia, diabetes, and other treatable illnesses. Investing in regular cleanings is well worth the time. If you haven’t scheduled a teeth cleaning this year, make the call today.

What to Expect at a Teeth Cleaning Appointment

Your appointment will start with an exam to determine your oral health and the extent of cleaning needed. The dental hygienist will then insert instruments into your mouth to scrape debris and tartar from between your teeth and under your gums. You’ll hear scraping sounds and may feel some mild discomfort, but there should be no pain. The better you take care of your teeth at home, the less invasive your teeth cleaning will be. When you practice regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing, a professional teeth cleaning goes quickly.

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.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Still amazing! Dr. Penfil and Laura! They are awesome!
Jacqueline W.
I was very pleased with Dr. Valentine's professional work. She always makes me feel very comfortable!
Joseph Y.
Dr Valentine continues to be the best dentist I've seen. Quick, painless, efficient. Couldn't be happier.
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very through
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I had a great experience. Thank you
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Excellent service and great advice.
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The folks at Gentle Dental are professional and friendly.
Anonymous
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 […]
Patricia D.
Very accommodating
James K.
Always a good experience
James K.
Excellent service and professional staff.
Rebecca A.
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.
I have been seeing Dr. Penfil for over 25 years and highly recommend this dentist!
Anonymous
Every one is so nice and they make you feel comfortable !!
Pamela J.
Painless!
Sharon R.
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
Carolyn B.
As always, everyone in the West Chester office are awesome!
Lucy D.
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.
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Matthew R.
Fast, great service from friendly staff.
Anonymous
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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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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They do great work very happy and I would recommend everyone to go there.
Elwood C.
Everyone at Gentle Dental is professional and polite. Dr. Valentine checked out my situation and provided me with her professional opinion and […]
John R.
Both excellent dental care and an efficient and informative office staff and administrative system.
Douglas S.
Great appointment as always!
Lucy D.
As always, I had a great visit.
Lucy D.
Extremely kind. Great customer service. They were able to schedule me in for an emergency appointment the same day I called.
Mike C.
Dr Penfill is very, very thorough
David G.
Difficult situation worked out very well so far.
Michael S.
Dr Penfill is awesome!!
David G.
treatment was very gentle
Anonymous
Dr. Valentine is great!
Sean P.
Most professional, friendly and accomodating.
Frank P.
Great service and everyone was extremely helpful and informative.
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polite and painless
Douglas L.
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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Always on time for appointments and very friendly staff.
Anonymous
It was pleasurable.
Maria M.
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.
Made me feel comfortable and people were friendly
Pamela J.
very good dentist would recommend to anyone.
Elwood C.
Saw me immediately for dental emergency
James K.
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.
Dusty T.
Fast and painless tooth extraction
Chris N.
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 […]
Susan F.
The office was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. The doctor was very caring and helpful.
Shauna 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.
As always, everyone that works at Gentle Dental West Chester are awesome.
Lucy D.
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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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 - 5:00 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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