Diet and Oral Your Health

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Taking good care of your teeth and keeping your smile shining bright and healthy for years to come isn’t that complicated. There are three major components for maintaining a healthy smile: First, visit our dentist in Lake Williams for regular checkups. That way, we can remove the plaque and debris that lead to cavities and gum disease. We’ll also be on the lookout for any other issues that could hurt your smile.

You also need to brush, floss, and rinse your smile with antibacterial, gum disease-fighting mouthwash twice a day. The third step to oral wellbeing is maintaining a healthy diet. A diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals will help protect your immune system. Studies show that gum disease progresses faster in people who don’t have a well balanced diet. Minerals such as calcium and phosphorus are also important for building strong teeth.

Foods That are Good for Your Smile

Strawberries, leafy greens, crunchy fruit like celery, apples and pears, yogurt, cheese, and almonds are among the foods that are beneficial for your oral health. It’s also really important to drink a lot of water. Not only will this rinse away plaque and other debris that cause tooth decay and gum disease, it will also prevent dry mouth, a condition which makes it harder for your body to fight cavities.

Foods and Beverages That Hurt Your Smile

Sticky, Hard, and Sour Candy
You already know that sugar is bad for your teeth, but there are certain types of candy that are particularly detrimental to your smile. Sour candies perform a double whammy on your smile because they contain acid that breaks down the enamel that protects your teeth and also sugar that feeds cavity-causing bacteria. Hard and sticky candies tend to remain on your teeth for a while, which gives them more time to attack your enamel and damage your teeth.

Carbonated Soft Drinks, Sports Drinks, and Energy Drinks
Carbonated soft drinks are bad news for your smile, even if they don’t contain any sugar. That’s because they have citric acid and phosphoric acid which deplete essential minerals in your teeth. Regular soft drinks also contain a great deal of sugar. Like soda, both sports drinks and energy drinks contain acids that damage your enamel and sugar that causes tooth decay.

Protecting Smiles in Williams Lake

At Williams Lake Smiles, we’re committed to protecting your smile, so go ahead and schedule your next checkup today. You can also ask about how our cosmetic treatments and dental implants can enhance your smile. See you soon!

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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