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

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

https://youtu.be/16Mdc2RF6Cw

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team


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