gum disease destroys smiles

Signs of Gum Disease

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 condition 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,

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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