THE STEW Magazine
February 2016 | PAGE 25

Your Smile and Your Relationships

BY DR. RUDY WASSENAAR DMD, MAGD, DICOI, DABOI

When you meet somebody new — personal, social, work or otherwise — the first few seconds are important. You never get a second chance to make that first impression. Everybody is judged in an instant and usually it sticks. In terms of your smile, it probably is the single most important aspect of your presentation in general. A nice smile exudes confidence, health, happiness and more. Do people smile because they are happy, or are they happy because they smile? Who is to know, but in any case, studies have shown that a person with a better smile is considered to be more trustworthy and likeable.

relationships and your smile

So it is fair to say that when we meet someone new, it is the appearance, that ‘out-side stuff, that first gets our attention. It breaks the ice, and curiosity opens the door to a new beginning, possibly something different or exciting. Once the at-traction is there it still is the personality of the parties that keeps it going. Obviously, if a  person only looks more confident but in fact their personality does not match what they project, things will not go very far.

Those who are self-conscious of their smile as part of their overall presentation tend to hide their dental flaws by not smiling, avoiding eye contact, or simply not interacting socially at all. And yet, they have so much to offer and so much to say.

Dentistry has much more to offer these days, more than ever before. So what is holding us back from simply going ahead and getting things taken care of? It is not always fun to go to the dentist, and wouldn’t it be nice if we could have the results without the process? A good under-standing of your dental needs, as well as good communication with your dentist will help in meeting your expectations.

Dental health is like a lot of things; do a number of little things right all the time and it will work out. Have a conversation with your dentist and find out what the issues are and how to best deal with them. A well thought out approach should produce results that look good, feel good and that last a long time. The same goes for those first impressions we just talked about.

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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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