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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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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