Your smile is meant to last a lifetime, but you need to give it the proper care. That means eating a balanced diet, limiting your consumption of sugary foods, brushing and flossing daily, and seeing Dr. Wassenaar for checkups at least twice a year.

A hygiene visit is commonly referred to as a dental checkup. Even if you’re taking good care of your smile, it’s essential to see us at Williams Lake Smiles for regular hygiene visits because we provide the care you won’t get at home.

Your Hygiene Visit

An important part of your hygiene visit is the professional dental cleaning you get from our hygienist. We’ll remove the plaque and tartar that threaten the health of your smile. Plaque is a film that covers your teeth after you eat a meal.

Plaque that isn’t removed through brushing and flossing can harden into tartar, which is also known as calcified plaque. Plaque and tartar provide fuel for the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, our hygienist has special tools to remove tartar.

Once we’ve thoroughly cleaned your teeth, we’ll polish them as well. In addition to leaving your smile looking nice, this also makes it more difficult for dangerous bacteria to penetrate the surface enamel of your teeth and cause cavities.

Your Dental Exam

Dentistry is largely a matter of providing preventative care. The earlier Dr. Wassenaar notices a situation, the easier it is to treat.

As part of your dental examination, you’ll be provided with a full set of x-rays that Dr. Wassenaar will consult to monitor the health of your smile. He’ll also inspect your teeth, head, and neck.

Dr. Wassenaar will check for signs of potential dental issues such as decay, gum disease, tumors, or impacted teeth. For our younger patients, he’ll also make sure their teeth are growing in properly.

Your examination will also include a complete screening for oral cancer. Over 4700 Canadians were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. Early detection is essential for effectively treating this dangerous disease.

Complete Care for You and Your Family

You only need to go to one dental office to get comprehensive care for your whole family at Williams Lake Smiles. Call 250-398-8411 today to schedule hygiene visits for yourself and the people you care about.

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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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