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Even though we have a very friendly and professional dental staff — let’s be honest — a dental office isn’t as much fun as an amusement park, for instance. After all, nobody ever called a dental practice “the happiest place on Earth.” The dental chair isn’t really a “ride,” per se, and “laughing gas” is only for special circumstances…

Evading your dental office is often referred to as “dental avoidance.” Very few phenomena are more counterproductive and ironic: 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’ve been avoiding a trip to the dentist, we want to make sure you know when it’s time to stop eluding your friends here at Foster Dental and come and see us. Here are 10 warning signs that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Come and see Dr. Foster 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

According to the American Dental Association, 100 million Americans fail to visit a dentist each year, even though regular dental exams and good oral hygiene can actually prevent most dental disease!

Another 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 — not to mention less painful.

So, if you can identify with one or more of the signs listed above, please call us at 718-673-8060 to schedule an appointment, and we’ll take good care of you.