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!

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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