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

Oral Hygiene in West Chester, PA

The best way to protect the health of your teeth and gums is by making good oral hygiene a priority in your life through daily at-home dental care and regular professional dental treatment from a dentist near you. For professional oral hygiene in West Chester, trust the skilled dentists at our practice to help maintain your dental health.

Why Do You Need Oral Hygiene?

Basically, the condition of your oral hygiene determines whether you experience dental decay and disease or not. Proper hygiene habits allow you to keep your teeth and gums free from plaque and tartar, which can eventually develop into cavities, foul breath, and gum disease. And all you need to do to maintain hygiene is take care of your teeth at home on a daily basis and regularly see a dentist for professional teeth cleanings and exams. Let our experienced dentists help you develop good hygiene habits. Give our practice a call today to learn how to improve your dental care habits.

What Should Be Included in Your Dental Hygiene Routine?

A fresh, clean smile begins at home. Use these oral hygiene tips to help you take good care of your smile:

  1. Brush your teeth throughout the day, especially after eating, first thing in the morning, and at night before bed
  2. Remove the plaque and debris between teeth by flossing at least once a day
  3. Protect your teeth and gums by brushing with a toothbrush with soft bristles
  4. Harden your tooth enamel by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste
  5. Get professional teeth cleanings and complete dental exams from a dentist on a regular basis
  6. Don’t over-consume any foods or drinks high in sugar
  7. Break your smoking or tobacco use habit

Follow these dental hygiene guidelines to fend off chronic bad breath, cavities, and gum disease.

How Can You Protect Your Teeth and Gums from Disease And Decay?

Daily dental hygiene habits at home can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. But for maximum dental defense, you need to get professional cleanings and dental exams from a dentist twice a year. This will provide you with excellent oral hygiene that keeps both your teeth and body healthy by preventing the development of medical problems like inflammation. Take your health into your own hands, call our dental office to arrange for a dentist appointment today.

When Is Your Child Old Enough to Learn About Dental Hygiene?

Start instilling proper oral hygiene practices in your child by making their first dentist appointment by the time they reach age one. Proceed with regular dentist visits as the child grows up. For kids with dental anxiety or little interest in brushing and flossing at home, our staff can recommend some helpful hints for making them more willing to engage in dental care. For instance, you can give your child a healthy surprise for a pleasant dental appointment or join them every day when it’s time to take care of their teeth. To get more proven ideas, call our practice and we will be happy to help.

What Are Some Oral Hygiene Instructions for Your Hygiene Routine?

The importance of dental hygiene at home is the way it reduces your risk of developing dental decay and disease between dentist visits. It’s surprisingly fast and easy to take care of your teeth every day at home by following a few simple steps. Begin by brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush when you wake up, before bed, and following meals and snacks. In addition, use an enamel-strengthening toothpaste containing fluoride. And don’t forget to floss once or twice each day. Feel free to call our office if you would like additional guidance on healthy home dental care.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
The office was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. The doctor was very caring and helpful.
Shauna M.
Excellent service and great advice.
Lee T.
Painless!
Sharon R.
Very accommodating
James K.
Excellent service and professional staff.
Rebecca A.
Dr Penfill is awesome!!
David G.
As always, everyone that works at Gentle Dental West Chester are awesome.
Lucy D.
Every one is so nice and they make you feel comfortable !!
Pamela J.
Always on time for appointments and very friendly staff.
Anonymous
You guys were awesome !
Matthew R.
I had a great experience. Thank you
Regina G.
treatment was very gentle
Anonymous
As always, I had a great visit.
Lucy D.
Fast, great service from friendly staff.
Anonymous
Both excellent dental care and an efficient and informative office staff and administrative system.
Douglas S.
Dr Penfill is very, very thorough
David G.
Still amazing! Dr. Penfil and Laura! They are awesome!
Jacqueline W.
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
James K.
The folks at Gentle Dental are professional and friendly.
Anonymous
very good dentist would recommend to anyone.
Elwood C.
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.
Made me feel comfortable and people were friendly
Pamela J.
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 […]
Nancy H.
Great service and everyone was extremely helpful and informative.
Sean P.
Extremely kind. Great customer service. They were able to schedule me in for an emergency appointment the same day I called.
Mike C.
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.
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.
It was pleasurable.
Maria M.
Great appointment as always!
Lucy D.
Dr. Valentine is great!
Sean P.
Most professional, friendly and accomodating.
Frank P.
polite and painless
Douglas L.
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.
As always, everyone in the West Chester office are awesome!
Lucy D.
Difficult situation worked out very well so far.
Michael S.
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.
I have been seeing Dr. Penfil for over 25 years and highly recommend this dentist!
Anonymous
Saw me immediately for dental emergency
James K.
very through
Beverly J.
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.
Wesley W.
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.
Everyone at Gentle Dental is professional and polite. Dr. Valentine checked out my situation and provided me with her professional opinion and […]
John R.
They do great work very happy and I would recommend everyone to go there.
Elwood C.
I was very pleased with Dr. Valentine's professional work. She always makes me feel very comfortable!
Joseph Y.
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.
I have finally found a dentist (Dr. Valentine) who is absolutely amazing. She is professional, sincere and efficient. I never leave her office […]
Melinda A.
Dr Valentine continues to be the best dentist I've seen. Quick, painless, efficient. Couldn't be happier.
Bret R.
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.
Fast and painless tooth extraction
Chris N.
Office Hours
Mon. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (484) 643-4417
Fax: (610) 738-9445
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  • 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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