You know you should go to the dentist but you keep putting it off.

You’re too busy with work or with family obligations. You want to see that new movie that just came out. You have chores to finish around the house.

You would … rather just do anything else than go to the dentist.

At Bayou Dental Group, we want to change your mind about what going to the dentist is like. When Dr. Finley opened his practice, he created a patient-centered office. Your goals and your concerns are our focus.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while or you are looking for a dentist and you live in in Monroe, LA or the surrounding area, stop by our office to see what we are about.

You’ve come up with plenty of reasons to avoid coming to the dentist, so we want to share five reasons why you should call today to schedule your next appointment.

➤ Your Tooth Hurts

First and foremost, your teeth are not supposed to hurt. You do have nerves on the inside of your teeth, but they are not exposed if your teeth are healthy.

This pain can be something as simple as increased sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks. It could also be a constant ache that never seems to go away. It could be a sharp pain that gets worse at various times during the day or night.

One thing we know, you should not expect the pain to just go away on its own.

You may have tooth decay. You may need a root canal. You may be putting multiple teeth at risk by doing nothing.

If you come to our office, we will identify the source of your pain, and we can provide a treatment so your pain will end.

➤ Your Gums Look And Feel Strange

Have you noticed something different about your gums lately? Do they seem redder than usual? Maybe they appear swollen, or they feel tender.

They might look like they are pulling back from your teeth. Is there pus leaking between your teeth and gums?

All of these are signs that you have periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. The CDC found that half of adults in the United States who are over 30 years old have gum disease. The American Dental Hygienist Association reported that 80 percent of people will develop gum disease during their lives.

The good news is we have periodontal treatments that can help, whether you have a mild case or a severe one.

➤ You Are Ashamed Of Your Smile

When people say they want to take your picture, do you hide your teeth? When you speak, do you hide your mouth behind your hand?

If you are embarrassed by your teeth, you are not alone. Millions of Americans would like to change something about their smiles, which is why cosmetic dentistry is an important part of our practice.

At Bayou Dental Group, we like to say that “A lifetime of smiles begins here.” We are happy when our patients are happy with their teeth and their smiles.

Our cosmetic services include everything from professional teeth whitening and veneers to onlays and dental implants. Each of these services can give you a smile you are proud to share with the world.

➤ You Use Tobacco

If you smoke, chew, or dip, you probably know that tobacco is unhealthy. You may have even tried quitting more than once.

Tobacco is particularly problematic for your oral health. Tobacco users are more likely to develop oral cancer and gum disease. Even worse, the damage caused by tobacco use can make those problems more difficult to treat.

From a cosmetic standpoint, tobacco stains your teeth and causes bad breath. Both of these can cause problems in your personal and professional relationships.

We know quitting is hard, but we know your continued use is hurting your oral health. We can help you correct some of your oral hygiene issues, which may be the incentive you need to quit for good.

➤ You Have Not Been In Years

Are you afraid of the dentist? Experts have estimated that up to 1 in 5 people has dental anxiety, and many of them avoid the dentist because of this fear.

We don’t expect you to overcome your fear in one visit. That wouldn’t be fair to you. But we do believe we can help you learn to manage your anxiety.

We will do everything we can to help you feel comfortable.

This includes letting you listen to music or watch television to take your mind off your procedure. It also includes oral conscious sedation for patients who would prefer to not to remember anything about their treatment.

The important thing is that your are comfortable when you are in our care and that you receive the dental care that you need.

Call Today

If you can’t remember the last time you visited the dentist, it’s time to change that. Call Bayou Dental Group for a cleaning and examination.

We would prefer to prevent any problems from developing, and if you have a problem, we would rather treat it now before it gets worse.

Call Bayou Dental Group today at 318-302-4236 or use our online form to schedule your appointment.