Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue
1419 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Making the Most of your Visit to the Dentist

Dental Health and Basic Dental Care

Trips to the dentist should be about more than just getting your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled. Your dental care team can provide you with the information and tools to optimally care for your teeth all year long. However, to maximize your oral health, you have to communicate effectively with your dental care team, giving them all the information necessary to build a dental care plan specific to your medical history, current medications, and even diseases or conditions like arthritis that can impact your basic oral care at home. Find an affordable dentist and use these expert tips to ensure that your next visit will improve your oral health between every appointment:

Communicate with Your Dentist

The better you communicate what is happening with your oral health, the better your dentist can care for you. Write down any questions or concerns you have and take the list with you to the dentist. If you have experienced any of the following, tell your dental care professional:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush. Bleeding gums is an early sign of gum disease.  Don’t neglect to tell your dentist—early treatment can save your teeth and gums.
  • Mouth sores that won’t heal. One of the first signs of oral cancer is a mouth sore that doesn’t heal. Early detection is the surest way to get effective treatment and protect your health.
  • Tooth sensitivity.  Sensitive teeth are caused by exposed nerves, leading to uncomfortable sensations. Treatments are available to reduce discomfort or repair damaged teeth as needed. Tooth sensitivity is also a sign of cracked teeth, broken fillings, or cavities.
  • Problems with brushing or flossing. Broken teeth, sensitive gums, leaky fillings, and even arthritis can affect your ability to properly care for your teeth. If you are having difficulty with basic dental care, such as brushing and flossing, tell your dentist.
  • Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw. Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw is a habit typical to some people’s sleep patterns. It can cause the protective enamel of the teeth to wear down, leading to long-term damage. Talk to your dentist if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw—there are solutions.

Share Your Medical History with Your Dentist

Make sure your dentist is aware of past and present health conditions and any disease that you may be struggling with, since many diseases can impact your oral health.

List Your Medications and Supplements

Certain medications, vitamins, and supplements can have side effects that may impact your dental care. Make a list of all your medications, vitamins and supplements—prescriptions and over-the-counter—so your dentist can help you adjust your dental care plan to suit your needs.

Improve your Dental Care

There is always room for improvement. Ask your dentist about what you can do to better care for your dental health between visits.

Include Dental Care in Your Budget

You found an affordable dentist, but when the budget gets tight, you still may be tempted to skip a visit or two. Skipping dental care visits is not the best way to save money on your dental care. Instead, talk your dental team about affordable dental options and payment plans that may be available.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in South Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue today at (215) 310-5817 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue, 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 at Oregon Avenue. 

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Patient Reviews
I had a geeat second visit! The staff is always so friendly.
Monica D.
Staff is the BEST! I also love the fact that it's an all female staff.
Crystal S.
Best dentist ever, assistance make it easier. I love Gentle Dental. ..
Branden E.
Everyone was very nice. The Hygienist was great.
Marie Q.
the staff at this location was good from the start of my visit till I left with the feeling everyone cared about me. Thanks to all.
Dewayne W.
Another great visit from the staff at Gentle Dental.
Albert M.
My review is excellent. I saw Dr. Maria, she was wonderful. And I hate and am afraid of dentist.
Cynthia R.
The wait was a little long, but well worth it. the staff are very friendly and flexible with your ability to pay and when you can come in. The staff […]
Laura G.
Everyone was very nice, my nervousness didn't last long. I take my sons there also.
Albert M.
My experience here has been great! The staff is very professional & courteous.
Renae M.
Gentle Dental. Wow! I can't say enough good things. I walked into the office on 11/11/2014 with an abscess with pain, a need for a molar abtraction, […]
Gail T.
They are the only people to come up with a complete plan. I have a fear of dentist and they really work with me to make me feel calm and secure. I […]
John S.
The staff is very friendly and caring.Wait time was not to bad. All of the proceedures were explained in detail and executed painlessly by the very […]
Richelle D.
Everyone was more friendly and courteous than the former employees.
Notreeanne H.
The employees at Gentle Dental are so nice and they really work with you.
Roslyn W.
i just recently started going here. its a GREAT place to go!!!!!!! they are all so nice. I recommend this place to friends and family . I Love my […]
Alexis P.
I love this office Saturdays this dr was very gentle with me. My experience was pleasant and sweet.
Quantella H.
Everything went as planned. Staff was friendly and professional. There was no wait time. Facility was clean and bright. My dentist was great. I will […]
India J.
The best staff in town; Dr. Tang will (hopefully) be my dentist for life. They will take care of you, put you at ease, if you don't have a dental […]
Greg J.
The best dental experience I felt. Relaxed comfortable I like the way all the people there give you the best care individual ive made a good choice […]
Georgina C.
Dr Clark is the best at what he does, this is my second time seeing him and both experiences has been pleasant and painless. I would recommend him to […]
Anonymous
The women in that office were amazing!! They are all professional and very friendly. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Marc H.
The dentist I saw was excellent and compassionate. Not all about the money!!!
Mazel M.
At 64 years old I can't imagine their being a bigger baby than I when it comes to going to the dentist. Yesterday I had to have two front teeth […]
Timothy S.
Every body at Gentle Dental Oregon are all great. from the time I walk in there to the time I leave. I will let other friends know about them. Very […]
Barbara W.
My Dr. Susmita Parab was so nice I am so happy wiith my smile I will come back for the good service Dr. Susmita Parab was so Gental with my teeth and […]
Kenyetta D.
I LOVE THAT THIS IS AN ALL FEMALE STAFF AND EVERYONE IS SO PLEASANT!!! I THINK I FINALLY FOUND A KEEPER!
Crystal S.
Been there 4 times & each time was a good experience. This comes from someone who needs a good bit of dental attention! Like probably most people, I […]
Marie Q.
Loved my dental hygienist... you guys are great... no putting off going to the dentist ever again
Anonymous
Very pleased with dentist & her assistant. Very concerned for my needs.
Marie Q.
Dr. Clark is the best dentist that i have been in years. He takes his time an gives each patient, their time and not rushed. I would recommend him to […]
William J.
Thorough, accurate, enjoying their work. Calm and unhurried.
Jessica Y.
Hello, this was my initial visit, and i'm very pleased with the staff. My appointment was great, no wait time, and very informative, My new doctor […]
Clayton W.
EXCELLENT doctor! Please keep her there!
Shannon C.
I love it there! The staff is so friendly and easy to talk too.
Monica D.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (215) 310-5817
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