Top 5 Causes of Tooth Loss

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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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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