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,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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