Will Eating An Apple A Day Keep Teeth Healthy?

Apple image The Academy of General Dentistry has determined in recent studies that dietary habits are usually indicators of the state of a patient’s dental health. Read on to learn more information about how your diet can impact your oral health.

Kids Are More Vulnerable To Poor Dental Health

After looking at the dietary habits and teeth of young children for fifteen months, results showed that decay and cavities were present in about ten percent of kids at age five. That number jumped to nearly twenty percent in just a year. Numbers dropped when kids reached their teens. Unfortunately, this showed that children usually experience a significant risk of cavities during their elementary school years.

Why Are Young Kids Prone To Tooth Decay?

The primary reason that kids are at a greater risk of cavities because they eat larger amounts of sugar and simple carbohydrates. These substances are too often available in the breakfast and lunch choices for young kids. And because school meals are tough to monitor, parents cannot easily control their children’s food choices.

How Can You Prevent Poor Oral Health?

We all know that it is tricky to control what your kids eat as soon as they step out of the house. However, although it is challenging, it is not impossible to monitor your child’s eating habits. Parents can help by packing their child’s lunch, providing healthy snacks, and following up with both your child and their teacher to make sure they are eating the healthy foods you are providing. You can also offer healthy snack alternatives when your child gets home, such as carrots, celery, or raisins. Start when your child is young and Instruct them to avoid candy and other foods that contain refined sugar or processed carbohydrates.

Parents can also show their child how to brush after lunch, rinse with water, or eat a piece of fruit to help keep teeth clean. You can also do some research to find out what kinds of foods your child’s school lunch program offers. If the school lunch programs do not incorporate healthy foods, talk to the school about incorporating healthy lunches or snacks into the lunch offerings.

How Can Apples Help You Get Better Oral Health?

Apples are a great way to help kick-start healthy oral habits. These fruits are free from refined sugars, relatively low in acid content, and crunchy. Taking a bite of these fruits can scrape the tooth surface gently to remove plaque and other food particles. Additionally, apples are a great source of healthy fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

What About Tooth Sealants?

Many times, parents feel helpless to prevent cavities in their kids. But here at Williams Lake Smiles, we want you to know that there are options. One way to prevent cavities is professionally applied tooth sealants. Sealants consist of a thin layer of bonding material that is applied to the chewing surface of a tooth. Once this layer dries, it acts as a barrier to bacteria food, plaque, and decay. This treatment can be used when your child’s first permanent molars have grown in. Give us a call today if you would like more information about sealants and how they could help your child.

Tips To Reduce Cavities And Improve Oral Health

1) Brush and floss your teeth after every meal. Encourage your kids to do this too!
2) Reduce sugary coffee drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and soda.
3) As an alternative for sugar-filled drinks, try water, tea, or sugar-free beverages.
4) Chew sugar-free gum after meals to keep your teeth clean and plaque free.
5) See the staff at Williams Lake Smiles regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Come To Williams Lake Smiles Today For All Your Dental Needs

Here at our dental practice, we want all of our patients to know how important oral health is. If you have questions about the treatments we offer or general questions about oral hygiene, please feel free to peruse our website or give us a call for more information. You can also call our Williams Lake, BC, office for a consultation with Dr. Wassenaar. Give us a call now to get started on your journey to a healthy and happy smile.

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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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