boxedladies Your body is resilient…if you take care of it!

The same is true for your teeth, given all that chewing and gnashing they’ve done over the years.

As you age, your teeth age right along with you. Years of everyday wear and tear add up and definitely take a toll.

  • What happens to your teeth as you age?
  • What can you do to keep them strong for a lifetime?
  • Erosion. It’s not just about soil.
    Two of the biggest threats to your teeth are sugars and starches. These carbohydrates ferment, causing bacteria in your mouth to produce acids…which eat away at the enamel of your teeth.
    Tiny pits form and tooth decay finds those pits…resulting in cavities.
    Sweetened carbonated beverages are also problematic since carbonation increases acid levels in the mouth. Sports drinks have been singled out as tooth enamel enemies.
    TIPS:

    • Avoid frequent snacking
    • Take it easy on sugary foods, carbonated soft drinks and sports drinks
    • Cap that sugar craving by chewing sugarless gum
    • Pay attention to your daily dental hygiene!
  • Wear and Tear
    The function of your teeth is mechanical…to mash and grind food to make it digestible.
    For the most part teeth are resistant to cracking and chipping; they do not become more brittle with age. But dentists often see patients with chips and cracks…commonly from biting down hard on something like an olive pit or a kernel of un-popped corn.
    Bruxism or teeth grinding caused by stress is another common cause of tooth wear and tear.
    TIPS:

    • Check your olives!
    • Avoid chewing ice
    • Visit your dentist to check for bruxism
  • Gum Disease
    The risks of gum disease increase with age. Little pockets form at the gum line where bacteria can grow. If left untreated, bacterial infections can cause damage to connective tissue and bone, leading to tooth loss.
    TIPS:

    • Brush and floss twice a day
    • Use antibacterial mouthwash
    • Get a dental check-up twice a year

Williams Lake Smiles wants you to have the brightest, best-looking smile every day!
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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

COVID Patient Protocol

Our staff at Williams Lake Smiles are following careful safety protocol to keep our patients, team, and community safe at all times.

There are a few things that we are asking of you, our patients, as well:

-Please do not arrive early for your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you in our waiting room area. We are doing our best to limit your contact with others during your time in our clinic. If we are running ahead of schedule, we will call you to come in sooner.

-Due to our small waiting area, please do not bring any extra family members with you to your scheduled appointment.

-When you do arrive for your scheduled time, please wait in the front boot room for direction from a member of our team for entry protocol. If there is already another person in that boot room, please wait outside the front door until one of our team members can bring you in and allow appropriate social
distancing.

-We are not currently allowing anybody in the office unless you have a scheduled appointment time. Please call or email the office if you would like to book an appointment or have questions about upcoming appointments,  treatment, or billing.

-All people entering the clinic must wear a mask as per the current mandate from the BC provincial health minister (August 25, 2021).

-Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, we will go through a verbal COVID screening questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you use hand sanitizer before entering the waiting room or treatment areas.


Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the changing protocols, heavy workloads, and COVID limitations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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