TAKE CARE OF YOUR SMILE AS YOU AGE!

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,

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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