All Coast Dental

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scaling and Root Planing

In its most advanced stages, gum disease can lead to gum recession and even tooth loss.  All Coast Dental wants to help you make sure it never gets to that stage.  When sticky bacteria called plaque builds up on a tooth, the gum starts to pull away from the tooth and form a pocket around the buildup.  This only leads to more gum recession.  Scaling and root planing are used to treat this bacterial buildup and prevent the later stages of gum disease.


Scaling and root planning are two parts of a deep cleaning procedure your dentist can perform to help repair gums. The procedure begins with scaling, the process of removing plaque from the surface of your teeth all the way down to your gums. This is followed by root planing, which involves minor contouring to smooth the surface of a tooth near the root.  Once the plaque has been removed and the tooth root has been smoothed, the gums that have pulled away have a clean, smooth surface to reattach to!


To learn more about scaling, root planing, and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.allcoastdental.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call 858-270-4904.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mouth Guards for Sports

The doctors at All Coast Dental take a lot of pride in serving the families from our community.  With kids back in school and resuming activities, we want families to know we can help them take an important safety precaution for sports and physical activities.  Athletes participating in any contact sport are advised to wear some kind of mouth protection. Wearing a mouth guard during sports helps prevent damage to the teeth, jaw, cheeks, and even the tongue and lips.


Sporting goods stores carry mouth guards, but they are generic in size and fit.  These mouth guards often end up feeling bulky and uncomfortable, leading to child and teenage athletes in particular not wearing the protection at all. An ill-fitting mouth guard can even interrupt breathing and speaking.  Come see us and have a dentist perform a custom mouth guard fitting.  You’ll get a mouth guard made of thin, hard plastic that protects your teeth and still fits comfortably, and you can go right back to playing your best.


To learn more about mouth guards and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.allcoastdental.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call 858-270-4904.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Veneers

At All Coast Dental, our doctors can help give you the opportunity to totally makeover your mouth with veneers. Veneers are made from a thin ceramic shell and fit over your existing teeth, allowing you to completely change the appearance of your smile.  Patients with cosmetic issues like staining, cracked or chipped teeth, and even crooked teeth and small gaps can achieve a dazzling smile with veneers.


Our patients can have a new smile using veneers in as little as two visits. First you and your dentist discuss the shape and look you want for your new smile.  Once your teeth are prepared for the treatment, an impression of your teeth is taken. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory to make the final product.  Ask us about temporary cosmetic options for you to wear for the two weeks it may take for the custom product to be fabricated. On your final visit, the veneers are bonded to the surface of your teeth for you to wear home and wear forever.  Veneers let you make a dramatic change to the appearance of your smile and still look natural, so contact us for a smile makeover!


To learn more about veneers and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.allcoastdental.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call 858-270-4904.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Brush Your Tongue

When you’re brushing and flossing your teeth do you show your tongue any toothbrush love?  If not, you should start. Food particles that form plaque buildup don’t just sit on your teeth, they harbor on your tongue as well. To improve your dental health, finish your dental care routine with a tongue cleaning. Our doctors at All Coast Dental recommend investing in a tongue scraper to reap the maximum benefits.  


Brushing your tongue is effective in reducing bad breath and even tooth damage. However, a tongue scraper provides a more thorough cleaning. Tongue scrapers are affordable and can be purchased at your local drugstore. This tool is used to scrape the bacteria that food leaves behind on the tongue. Cleaning your tongue is just as important as cleaning your teeth because you are removing harmful bacteria that can lead to decay.


If you have questions or concerns regarding oral hygiene and dental health, please give us a call. To learn about services provided at our practice, visit www.allcoastdental.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call 858-270-4904.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

When Dental Bonding Breaks

Dental bonding has many advantages. It’s helpful in repairing imperfections in teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or fractured. Dental bonding uses a special tooth-colored composite resin to restore a tooth that may need improvements. Though it may look and feel like natural tooth enamel, it provides less strength than the real deal. If you’ve had dental bonding applied to your teeth, it can last up to ten years with proper oral hygiene. When it breaks, however, you’ll need to visit our doctors at All Coast Dental.


Tooth bonding can break for several reasons. Perhaps you bit too hard on something crunchy, or you’ve eaten too many acidic foods which can damage the bonding over time. If you’ve had a bonding procedure completed on a tooth and you notice any chips, you should contact our doctors immediately. This is a sign that the bonding may be ready to chip off completely.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental bonding, please give us a call. To learn about services provided at our practice, visit www.allcoastdental.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call 858-270-4904.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity in Children

We welcome children at All Coast Dental and are happy to help them with tooth aches and sensitivity. As with adults, there are several different potential causes which should be investigated, but some are more likely to occur in children and could be the first sign of a more general health issue.


Teeth are usually a little sensitive when they first erupt, but this should dissipate within a few days. If a child is suffering from a persistent toothache, the most likely reason is a cavity. Also known as caries, cavities are caused by a certain type of bacteria that feeds on sugar and produces acid which then demineralizes tooth enamel.  This disease process usually can be prevented by better hygiene and reducing the frequency that a child eats foods high in fermentable carbohydrates (like candy, sugary drinks, cookies).


It is also possible that the child is brushing too hard and causing gum recession. This would leave the sensitive tooth roots exposed, which would make drinking hot and cold liquids painful. A dull ache in the upper teeth could be caused by a sinus infection. A toothache might also be caused by jaw grinding or clenching, which could also cause headaches and pain in the ear, jaw, and neck, as well as tooth damage.


Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos practice at All Coast Dental at 2180 Garnet Ave, Suite 1-K, Pacific Beach, California, 92109. To schedule an appointment, call 858-270-4904 or visit AllCoastDental.net and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Prevent Periodontitis

If you’ve been told you have symptoms of gingivitis, it’s time to start brushing better. Gingivitis occurs before periodontitis and unlike gingivitis, periodontitis is not reversible. Periodontitis is defined as inflammation around the tooth. This serious gum infection damages the soft tissue and bone that surrounds the tooth, eventually leading to decay. Our doctors at All Coast Dental want you to keep your permanent teeth forever, so allow us to tell you how you can prevent periodontitis.


Periodontitis begins with plaque – a sticky biofilm that wreaks havoc on tooth enamel. To prevent plaque buildup, the solution is simple – keep your mouth as clean as possible. In addition to visiting us twice a year for routine cleanings, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you notice that your gums are bright red/purple, are receding, or if your gums are bleeding while brushing, call us immediately so we can treat the problem before it progresses.


If you have questions or concerns regarding periodontal disease, please give us a call. To learn about services provided at our practice, visit www.allcoastdental.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call 858-270-4904.