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

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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