Hygiene Visits Protect Your Smile

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,

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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