The joint that connects your lower jawbone to your skull is called the temporomandibular joint, and it is cushioned by cartilage and held together by muscles. The temporomandibular joint is more commonly known as the TMJ. When this joint is working properly, your jaw moves comfortably and smoothly from side to side and up and […]
When Do Kids Start Losing Teeth?
Losing baby teeth is a rite of passage for children that can be an exciting experience. Knowing when to expect your child’s first tooth loss can help you prepare for the event. In this blog, we will discuss the different stages of tooth loss, the signs that your child’s baby teeth are preparing to fall […]
Does Fluoride Whiten Your Teeth? FAQs About Fluoride
What Is Fluoride? Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in groundwater. It helps protect enamel and prevent tooth decay. But, there often isn’t enough fluoride in groundwater to support our oral health. What Are the Benefits of Fluoride? There are many benefits of fluoride, including improving your oral health. Canada has been using fluoride […]
What Is “Scaling” at the Dentist?
When you receive a dental cleaning, the dental hygienist will use scaling to help remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and below the gumline. Routine dental cleanings help promote a healthy mouth and teeth, and scaling can be used to help treat […]
Why Are My Child’s Teeth Yellow?￼
As a parent, you get to see your child smile a lot—it’s one of life’s biggest joys. Whether they’re grinning ear to ear after hitting their first tee-ball or smiling for class pictures at school, you want the best for your child, and that includes healthy, clean teeth. So, what happens if you notice your […]
How Long Does Invisalign Take?￼
How can you straighten your teeth without the use of traditional braces? Invisalign is a convenient orthodontics treatment used to straighten teeth gradually, helping you achieve a straighter smile, much like how traditional braces work. The amount of time it takes to straighten your teeth using Invisalign depends on several factors, such as how straight […]
How Does IV Sedation Dentistry Work?
If you’re nervous about going to visit the dentist, you’re not alone. Many people experience a little anxiety when visiting the dentist, whether it’s for a regular cleaning, or a different type of treatment. But if your nervousness goes beyond just being a little upsetting and keeps you from visiting your dentist on a regular […]
Can TMD Cause Your Teeth to Hurt?
Jaw movement is such an essential part of your life. It’s amazing how much you use your jaw throughout a typical day. Whether you’re talking, chewing, swallowing, or smiling, your jaw is central to how your mouth functions. But what happens when the muscles that control your jaw start to develop painful symptoms? How can […]
Should Children Floss Their Teeth?
We know that you do everything you can to make sure your children have healthy and bright smiles. You bring them in for regular dental check-ups, you brush their teeth, and you do your best to protect them from cavities. Most parents know that their children need to start cleaning their teeth as soon as […]
What is a New Patient Dental Exam?
If it’s your first time walking through our doors, your initial dental exam and cleaning will look a bit different than what you can expect going forward. At Sunshine Dental, we focus on patient experience and providing individualized family dentistry, which is why we’ll take a few extra steps during your first exam so we […]