Your Breath…Keep it sweet and Kissable!

dentistry-300x200 There it is, right under your nose and you may be the last to know…you have bad breath. Otherwise known as halitosis,it’s an all too common embarrassing condition that affects 30% of the population.

When you find your friends taking a step back when talking with you and your significant other declining a good-night kiss, it’s time to get a handle on your battle with bad breath.

Bad breath originates from bacterial gasses which accumulate in your mouth and on your teeth, gums and tongue. These gases contain sulfur which causes their nasty odor.

Brushing and flossing twice a day and using a tongue scraper are proven plaque and bacteria fighters.

Consider whether any of these things may be at the root of your halitosis:

Missing A Dental Check-Up
A twice-yearly dental check-up may reveal plaque and dental decay. Plaque can break down your teeth, causing bad breath. Cavities can also be stinky culprits.

Your Nose
The presence of bacteria in your nose and sinus cavities can cause smelly secretions from your nasal passages – which may be a cause of your bad breath. Using a nasal wash can help, but if this problem persists, consider a visit to an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Your Diet
Garlic and onions contain compounds which are absorbed into your blood cells and expelled through your lungs. That means it’s your breath that actually smells, not just your mouth. 

Tonsil Stones
Tonsilloliths are lymph tissue and bacteria that reside in the back of your throat and come together as white or yellow globs. They are filled with tiny crevices where bacteria accumulates. If enough bacteria get caught, these smelly tonsilloliths can definitely contribute to halitosis. 

Your Stomach
If none of the above is causing your bad breath, or if it’s a chronic problem, see your doctor. In some cases, stomach problems, such as acid reflux, can cause bad breath.

Call Williams Lake Smiles at 250.398.8411 and let Dr. Wassenaar help you get a handle on your halitosis. Trust us. Your friends will thank you!

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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.

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.


Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team

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