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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What Can Happen if You Don’t Brush Your Teeth?
We’ve been told time and time again that brushing twice a day keeps our smiles healthy and bright. But what can happen if you don’t brush your teeth enough? To have good dental health, you need a mix of professional dental care and personal dental care. Visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam […]
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Most of us know what to do in an emergency. If you hurt yourself badly enough, you know it’s important to seek immediate medical care. But what happens if the emergency you’re experiencing is an injury to your mouth? Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them, and it’s important to know what to […]
When Do You Need a Root Canal?
Do you have a toothache that just won’t go away? Or are you experiencing painful or swollen gums around a specific tooth? Well, these may be signs that you need a root canal. But what exactly is a root canal? A root canal is a highly effective treatment that can save your natural tooth and […]
What to Expect During Oral Sedation?
Many Canadians are anxious about receiving dental work. Everyone needs proper dental care, so sedation dentistry exists to help anxious patients feel comfortable during dental procedures. Oral sedation can help people with mild to moderate dental anxiety so they can get their treatment done comfortably while staying relaxed at the dentist. Continue reading to learn […]
How Long Does a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Take?
Wisdom tooth extraction may not be as daunting as you think. While it may not be at the top of the list of things you want to do, it is important and can save you a lot of pain later on. One of the most common questions we hear is “how long will a wisdom […]