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

                                                                     

                   

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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