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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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

COVID Patient Protocol

Our staff at Williams Lake Smiles are following careful safety protocol to keep our patients, team, and community safe at all times.

There are a few things that we are asking of you, our patients, as well:

-Please do not arrive early for your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you in our waiting room area. We are doing our best to limit your contact with others during your time in our clinic. If we are running ahead of schedule, we will call you to come in sooner.

-Due to our small waiting area, please do not bring any extra family members with you to your scheduled appointment.

-When you do arrive for your scheduled time, please wait in the front boot room for direction from a member of our team for entry protocol. If there is already another person in that boot room, please wait outside the front door until one of our team members can bring you in and allow appropriate social
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-We are not currently allowing anybody in the office unless you have a scheduled appointment time. Please call or email the office if you would like to book an appointment or have questions about upcoming appointments,  treatment, or billing.

-All people entering the clinic must wear a mask as per the current mandate from the BC provincial health minister (August 25, 2021).

-Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, we will go through a verbal COVID screening questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you use hand sanitizer before entering the waiting room or treatment areas.


Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the changing protocols, heavy workloads, and COVID limitations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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