Gum Disease Destroys Smiles

gum disease destroys smiles

If your teeth hurt when you chew or if your gums bleed when you brush, you probably have gum disease. That means you should see your dentist right away. Otherwise, gum disease could wreak havoc on your smile.

Gum disease is a conditions which afflicts millions of Canadians. In fact, according to the Canadian Dental Association, “7 out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives.”

What is Gum Disease

Gum disease is a devastating bacterial infection which attacks your gums. The bacteria which causes gum disease consumes the plaque and tartar which grows on your teeth.

That’s why the you should use the following strategies to help prevent the growth of plaque and tartar on your smile:

  • Brush daily
  • Floss daily
  • Use an antibacterial mouth rinse daily
  • Avoid sugary foods, particularly between meals
  • Visit Dr. Wassenaar in Williams Lake for Regular checkups

The Three Stages of Gum Disease

There are three stages of gum disease, and each one gets progressively worse:

  1. Gingivitis
  2. Periodontitis
  3. Advanced periodontitis

If Dr. Wassenaar catches gum disease early, it’s much easier to treat. But if it’s allowed to progress all the way to the advanced periodontitis stage, the patient is in serious jeopardy of losing one or more teeth.

The Symptoms of Advanced Periodontitis

Patients with advanced periodontitis need to see a dentist right away. The symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen, sensitive, gums
  • A constant bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth slide around the jawbone
  • It hurts to chew
  • Gums bleed when you brush or floss
  • Pus oozes from swollen pockets at the base of teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Teeth pull away from gums and appear to be getting larger
  • Teeth fall out

Treatment for Gum Disease

We hope you see Dr. Wassenaar before a hazardous condition like gum disease gets out of hand. But the good news is there are treatments available for all stages of gum disease, including:

  • Scaling and root planing–deep cleaning of plaque and tartar all the way down to the roots of your teeth
  • Flap surgery–reconstruction of infected gum tissue
  • Gum graftingsurgical procedure aimed to cover an exposed tooth root surface with grafted tissue.

The Long-term Health Consequences of Gum Disease

If you think you are suffering from gum disease, it’s essential to see Dr. Wassenaar right away. Gum disease doesn’t just attack your smile. Researchers have linked gum disease to the following serious medical conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Premature Childbirth
  • Cancer
  • Strokes
  • Lung Disease

Healthy Smiles in Lake Williams

The best way to fight gum disease is to never get it in the first place. So take good care of your smile at home and make sure to visit Dr. Wassenaar for a checkup twice a year.  Why not schedule your next appointment right now?

 

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

https://youtu.be/16Mdc2RF6Cw

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team


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