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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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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