How Gum Disease Threatens Your Smile

If your teeth hurt when you chew or if your gums bleed when you brush, you could have gum disease. Call Dr. Rudy Wassenaar right away at 250-398-8411 to get the appropriate treatment. Otherwise, gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile.

Gum disease is a condition that 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 that attacks your gums. The bacteria that cause gum disease feed on plaque and tartar.

Plaque is the film that develops on your teeth after a meal. Plaque that is not eliminated through regular dental hygiene hardens into tartar, the rough substance that’s removed by your dental hygienist during your regular professional cleanings.

The best way to prevent gum disease is by brushing and flossing daily and visiting Dr. Wassenaar and our team at Williams Lake Smiles for regular checkups twice a year. It’s also a good idea to avoid sugary foods, particularly in between meals.

The Sooner You Treat Your Gum Disease, the Better

There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Each stage gets progressively worse. The good news is that Dr. Wassenaar features effective treatments for all stages of gum disease.

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. Symptoms of advanced periodontitis include

  • Red, swollen, sensitive gums
  • A constant bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth shift out of position
  • 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

The Long-term Health Consequences of Gum Disease

If you think you’re suffering from gum disease, it’s essential to see Dr. Wassenaar right away. Gum disease doesn’t only attack your smile — The bacteria can also spread to other regions of your body.

Researchers have linked gum disease to the following serious medical conditions:

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

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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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