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!

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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