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,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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