Worried Abut Periodontal Disease? Read On!

gap-teeth1-300x200 Bacteria and mucus and food particles – yikes. It’s true…these culprits are hanging out in your mouth just waiting to combine to form a colorless, sticky film on your teeth, calledplaque.

Flossing and brushing can help get rid of plaque, but if plaque stays in your mouth, it forms tartar which can only be removed by a dentist or a hygienist. The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more harmful they becomes and may encourage the beginning of periodontal disease.

  • Periodontal disease ranges from minor gum inflammation to more serious dental disease that results in damage to the bone and soft tissue that support your teeth. Periodontal disease is very common and it is serious.

If not removed, plaque, tartar and bacteria can cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums.

  • Signs to look for are gums that bleed easily and are tender, swollen and red. You may also notice a bad taste in your mouth and have bad breath. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that does not include loss of bone or tissue that hold your teeth in place. It is easily treated and can usually be reversed with good dental habits. If gingivitis is not treated, however, it can advance to periodontitis.

If your gums are pulling away from your teeth, causing pockets to form that become infected, you may have periodontitis.

  • Your body’s immune system fights the bacteria but this natural response to infection starts to break down the connective tissue and bone that holds your teeth in place.
  • If periodontitis is left untreated your bone, tissue and gums may be destroyed. Your teeth become loose and eventually must be removed.

Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontal disease. Smokers, pregnant women, diabetics and people whose immune system is compromised are also vulnerable.

The earlier it is caught, the easier periodontal disease is to treat, with the main goal of treatment being control over the infection.

If you haven’t seen a dentist recently, and think you may have a form of periodontal disease, call our offices, today, for a consultation: 250-398-8411.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

May 6, 2020 update;

Dear Patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Spring is starting to arrive here in the beautiful Cariboo! The sun has been shining and leaves are starting to bud on the trees. Hopefully the signs of spring will bring movement back to some normal aspects of our lives. It will be a new normal, but we are here to help you in maintaining your best overall health as we all transition into that.

At our Williams Lake Smiles clinic, the health and safety of our entire community is our primary concern in all we do. As a team we have been working to improve our clinic’s already high standard of care, equipment, and knowledge during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.

When you return to our clinic you will immediately notice some changes. Prior to any visits, our front desk staff will go through a new protocol which includes both telephone and email questionnaires to screen for any symptoms that could require postponement of dental treatment. We are modifying our bookings to allow more time between appointments and limit the amount of patients in the office at one time. We will be asking you to limit any “extra” people at your appointments – no spouses, children, or parents along with a patient whenever possible.

When you arrive for appointments, we will ask you to remain in your vehicle until your scheduled appointment time to limit people in our waiting room to one at a time, if at all. We will ask you to immediately use the provided hand sanitizer and put on bootie shoe covers and we will check your temperature with our contactless forehead thermometer. 

We have removed all magazines and paper reading material from our waiting room. We have also installed high glass separators between our waiting room and the front desk area and introduced a “tap’ option for credit and debit card payments.

At the start of appointments we will be providing a pre-procedure mouth rinse to all patients. This, in addition to the new state of the art HEPA air filtration system we have had installed, will ensure that we are further limiting circulation of any aerosols or particles. 

At Williams Lake Smiles, we have always been extremely diligent about infection control. Given the current situation, we have increased this even further. You can expect to see our staff wearing more extensive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the near future as we learn more about the COVID-19/coronavirus. This is for your protection as well as ours. Our clinic has been able to acquire that necessary PPE to allow us to start seeing our patients that are needing urgent care. If you are experiencing a toothache or concern, please give us a call.

We look forward to being able to return to our full dental care very soon. Good oral health is a key factor in maintaining your overall health and making you stronger in all you encounter.

Please be well and take care of yourselves in this difficult time.

Everyone can do their part to slow COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar, Dr. Sophia Dahia and staff of Williams Lake Smiles


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