More-stock-images-033-167x300 Tooth loss may be an inevitable part of aging, but a lot of people often experience this early on in their lives. Don’t be one of them. It’s about time that you pay more attention to your dental health. To learn how you can keep your teeth healthy and functional, find out what causes them to deteriorate. Here are five factors that you might want to watch out for:

  1. Bad oral hygiene
    Not paying attention to your oral hygiene can trigger bacteria to produce acid and accumulate plaque on the surface of the teeth, which causes tooth enamel to demineralize and develop cavities. Eventually, this leads to periodontal disease, destroying supporting tissues and even your jawbone. When this happens, tooth loss may occur.
  2. Irregular dental check-ups
    Good oral hygiene is not enough to thoroughly rid the teeth of all bacteria, as it can reach the most inaccessible corners of your mouth. You may find it hard to notice dental problems, which causes the problem to worsen. This is the reason that going to the dentist every six months is recommended to maintain optimal dental health.
  3. Not addressing cavities
    Many patients still ignore their dental caries and delay treatment, when in fact the affected tooth needs to be filled. If they’re left untreated, the condition can worsen over time. This could irritate the tooth’s inner pulp and form puss around the roots. In severe cases, your dentist may not be able to salvage your tooth anymore.
  4. Poor nutrition
    When the body does not get the nutrition that it needs, it can decrease its resistance to infection, including that which affects the mouth. For one, calcium is needed to provide mineral density to the bone that supports your teeth. A decrease in calcium intake can increase the chance of losing your teeth.
  5. Trauma to the teeth
    A direct hit to the mouth can “knock out” a tooth or several teeth. But even if it does not cause the teeth to fall out completely, trauma can fracture the root and develop infection later on. This infection can eventually result in tooth loss. Usually, contact sports, such as boxing and football, can cause such trauma to the teeth.

In case of tooth loss, you can always consider getting dental implants here at Williams Lake Smiles. Give us a call today at (250) 398-8411 to book an appointment with Dr. Wassenaar to learn more about how you can have a complete and healthy smile once again. We’d love to hear from you!

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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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