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Avoiding the dentist is referred to as “dental avoidance.” Very few behaviors are more counterproductive: Patients who avoid dentists are specifically trying to escape the (perceived) pain and expenses associated with dental treatments. Ironically, those who avoid dental appointments eventually end up experiencing greater expense and more pain (from the ailment, not the dentist), due to neglecting their oral care.

If you happen to be a “dentist-avoider,” we want to make sure you know when it’s time to stop eluding your friends here at Shelly Ereth Barone and come and see us. Here are 10 telltale signs that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Come and see Dr. Barone if:

— you have any sort of pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck

— you have a sore spot inside your mouth that doesn’t feel right and isn’t going away

— your teeth are overly sensitive to hot or cold

— you are pregnant

— your gums are swollen, and they bleed when you brush or floss

— you have persistent bad breath or a terrible taste in your mouth

— it’s difficult for you to chew or swallow

— your mouth seems dry all the time

— your jaw pops, clicks or snaps when you open or close your mouth

— you smoke or use any other tobacco products

The first reason to attend your regularly scheduled dental checkups is because it decreases your likelihood of having dental problems, if you’re also maintaining good oral hygiene.

And the second reason to attend your regularly scheduled dental checkups is to allow your doctor to identify problems in their early stages, when the treatment is usually simpler and more affordable.

So, if you can identify with one or more of the signs listed above, please call us at 504-832-1164 to schedule an appointment, and we’ll take great care of you.