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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,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

COVID Patient Protocol

Our staff at Williams Lake Smiles are following careful safety protocol to keep our patients, team, and community safe at all times.

There are a few things that we are asking of you, our patients, as well:

-Please do not arrive early for your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you in our waiting room area. We are doing our best to limit your contact with others during your time in our clinic. If we are running ahead of schedule, we will call you to come in sooner.

-Due to our small waiting area, please do not bring any extra family members with you to your scheduled appointment.

-When you do arrive for your scheduled time, please wait in the front boot room for direction from a member of our team for entry protocol. If there is already another person in that boot room, please wait outside the front door until one of our team members can bring you in and allow appropriate social
distancing.

-We are not currently allowing anybody in the office unless you have a scheduled appointment time. Please call or email the office if you would like to book an appointment or have questions about upcoming appointments,  treatment, or billing.

-All people entering the clinic must wear a mask as per the current mandate from the BC provincial health minister (August 25, 2021).

-Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, we will go through a verbal COVID screening questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you use hand sanitizer before entering the waiting room or treatment areas.


Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the changing protocols, heavy workloads, and COVID limitations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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