Essential Vitamins For Your Smile

Vitamins for oral health We all know how important vitamins and minerals are for our overall health. From maintaining strong bones to proper brain functioning, vitamins and minerals can aid our bodies with essential tasks. Although we know how helpful vitamins and minerals are for our overall bodily health, some patients are surprised to find out that they can also help with oral health.

In most cases, you’ll simply get these essential minerals and nutrients through your diet. It’s important to get enough of these nutrients to avoid potential problems like oral infections and disease. On the other hand, the presence of too much nutrient can also result in some oral health problems. So, which nutrients are important for the health of your teeth and gums? Dr. Rudy Wassenaar shares more on this subject by giving his readers here in Williams Lake, BC an in-depth look at the importance of vitamins and minerals for oral health.

Top Six Vitamins and Minerals For Oral Health

In most cases, you will probably get enough of these necessary minerals and vitamins through your diet. However, you can be lacking some vitamins if you don’t have a well-rounded diet filled with fruits, veggies, and protein. Some of the most important vitamins and minerals for your oral health include:

Calcium: Calcium is what helps to provide strength to bones in the body. Without enough calcium being circulated through your bloodstream, your body may start to leach calcium through your bones. This isn’t just awful for your overall bodily health! It can also mean trouble for your smile because it can cause the bone tissue around your teeth to become weak.

Vitamin D: This vitamin, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is important because it helps regulate calcium in the blood. As we mentioned previously, calcium is crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and without vitamin D, you won’t be able to properly absorb calcium. You can get vitamin D through different supplements as well as milk, breakfast cereals, and cod liver oil capsules.

Magnesium: This is important for your teeth because it will help build strong enamel for your teeth. The tooth enamel is key to protecting your teeth against decay and avoiding bacteria from reaching the inner layers of the tooth. You can get your magnesium from leafy greens like spinach and kale.

Zinc: Since bacteria is the culprit behind nearly every oral health problem, zinc is helpful because it helps to prevent bacteria growth. It also helps to stop the buildup of plaque along the gum line.

Vitamin C: This vitamin is crucial for periodontal health because it can help to build and repair connective tissue. Connective tissue in the gums is very important to maintaining a healthy smile and preventing gum inflammation. Vitamin C is also important because it helps boost the immune system, which is key to avoiding gum disease.

Vitamin A: This particular is important because it helps with the salivary flow in the mouth. Saliva is important because it helps neutralize acids in the mouth and helps to prevent the development of cavities.

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As you can see, vitamins and minerals are important for many aspects of your oral health. If you have any additional concerns about your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact our office! We offer a range of dental services to give you the healthiest smile possible. Contact our office today!

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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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