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,

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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