Gentle Dental of Center City
201 South 13th Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Brush Up on Your Knowledge of Gum Disease

gum disease

Do you have gum disease? If you have red, tender or bleeding gums, or your gums are pulling away from your teeth, you probably do. If you don’t take action to reverse it, you may eventually lose your teeth. When you eat or drink, plaque accumulates on tooth surfaces. If you don’t brush and floss it away, it will eventually harden into tartar. The bacteria in plaque and tartar cause gums to become infected and inflamed, which causes the symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis.

Is It Gingivitis or Periodontitis?

There are two basic stages of gum disease. Gingivitis only affects gum tissue. When the infection and inflammation spreads to the bone, the condition has progressed to periodontitis.

Causes of Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene is the predominant cause of gum disease. Other causes include hormonal changes, certain illnesses and medications, smoking, and heredity.

Professional Dental Care Treatments for Gum Disease

Family dentistry professionals can provide medicated rinses, antibiotics, and procedures like root planing or deep cleaning to treat gum disease. In severe cases, gum surgery may be necessary.

Find a Dentist in Center City Philadelphia and Protect Your Gums

Family dentistry experts will tell you that gum disease is largely preventable with proper dental care. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill oral bacteria. Other ways to improve your oral health include avoiding tobacco, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress, and not clenching or grinding your teeth. For optimal plaque control, have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. If you don’t have dental insurance, you can find an affordable dentist in Center City Philadelphia who offers payment plans.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Center City Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Center City today at (215) 941-5634 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Center City 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 of Center City, 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 Center City. 

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Patient Reviews
Nice Staff and Doctor is quick and cares about the patient needs.
Phyllis C.
Very friendly and took good care of me
Christina A.
Amazing and pleasant staff
Javier D.
Yes I would recommend this office to a friend or colleague. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable!
Sherry S.
I’m very comfortable with gentle dental. .. very friendly, clean atmosphere. The staff is very caring and nice.
Dana N.
Took care of my problem quickly and was very professional and friendly. Also was in no pain and I got 4 wisdom teeth extracted.
Nakeisha S.
I always have good experience when I go to GD center city. The front desk staff know me and always are kind. Denise , the DA is great and the Dr. always explains things well. I had a problem with a […]
Kara M.
Friendly and attentive staff; the doctor was thorough and a good communicator.
Lisa C.
Everything went just fine as always.
Malcolm B.
Long time problem with a crown resolved!
Kimberly U.
I received very good care the waiting time was Perfect and the service was also very good I would highly recommend their services.
Helen C.
The hygienist, Helena, was very caring and thoughtful and kind, and also thorough and diligent with her work! The work she did in cleaning my teeth and gums was wonderful! She truly cares about her […]
Ronald C.
Hygienist was great
Sharnell H.
Doctor’s kind information
Daria S.
Fast, efficient, great price, friendly and knowledgeable
Dianna S.
Excellent service and very nice:) THANKS!
Brandon
The Hygienst was wonderful and did a great job cleaning my son’s teeth. The receptionists were great too. Thank you!
Sunlight L.
Everyone was very nice and very professional, from Mary at the front desk to Helena the dental hygienist that treated me on this day.
Charles S.
The 13th and Walnut location is perfect for people who work in Center City Philadelphia! As a Nurse I was able to fit my visits into my busy work schedule! The staff was friendly, professional and […]
Marlon B.
My fiance came here to get some work done and loved it. Dr.Ross took the time to explain everything and put her at ease. The whole experience was very comfortable.
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We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
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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 - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (215) 941-5634
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