All Coast Dental

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Diode Laser (Sol)

Dental diode lasers, sometimes called soft-tissue lasers, are utilized by our doctors at All Coast Dental to aid in cutting or contouring oral soft tissues. These types of lasers are capable of creating precise cuts in the gum tissue and other soft tissues while also eliminating bleeding at the site and reducing the healing time for the patient. The SOL Diode Laser is designed with the patient in mind.


Dental lasers such as the SOL is safe and effective for managing gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures, removing inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease. There are many advantages of laser dentistry because lasers allow for a more relaxed experience in the dental chair. Additionally, lasers can reduce symptoms and healing times as opposed to using dental drills and other traditional therapies.


If you have questions or concerns regarding laser dentistry, 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, January 10, 2018

Alcohol and Oral Cancer

We’re proud to provide oral cancer screenings at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach. Dentistry is an important component of overall health, and dentists are a key part of oral cancer patients’ care team. Recently, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released some new findings about the relationship between oral cancer and alcohol which we want our patients to be aware of.


Alcohol had long been associated with several types of cancers. But it was unclear from past research how much of an issue it presented to the organs along the airways independent of tobacco. After reviewing the research, the ASCO found that alcohol consumption causes about 5% of new cancers each year, including oral cancer cases. It is unclear why—perhaps alcohol damages the lining of the mouth, and there is a risk of DNA being miscopied each time the lining rebuilds. What was clear was that the type of alcohol consumed was irrelevant and that light and moderate drinking also posed a risk, although heavy drinking is the most dangerous. The study also found that, while other types of damage alcohol does to the body may be long-lasting, if a person stops drinking, their risk of contracting cancer along their airways declines to the level of people who never drank.


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


 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dental Anxiety in Children

Patients who feel anxious about seeing the dentist have nothing to worry about at All Coast Dental. We offer anesthetic and sedation options that are safe for all ages and ensure everyone will have a pain-free appointment. However, the thought of going to the dentist is often stressful, especially for children, which is why we wanted to offer some guidance.


Dentists typically recommend that a child’s first dental appointment be made when their first tooth begins to erupt and be scheduled for every six months thereafter. Nevertheless, some psychological preparation is usually necessary when children are old enough to know about the appointment ahead of time. The best advice is to keep things casual. If a parent repeatedly tells a child to be brave or that there will be a reward later, they are sending the message that they expect the appointment to be difficult. Children tend to pick up most of their attitude from their parents, so if a child is nervous, the parent may need to ask their partner to accompany the child instead. It is not usually necessary to explain any more than that the doctors and hygienists want to help keep people’s teeth clean and healthy. We can give provide the child with more thorough explanations for what we are doing, if they want, and provide them with an opportunity to explore the chair and learn about our tools.


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


 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Year, New Smile

It’s time for 2017 to come to an end and it’s time to ring in 2018 with a new perspective. We tend to set goals and resolutions around this time of the year, but have a hard time putting them into play when New Year comes. If you’re looking for a goal to commit to, our doctors at All Coast Dental suggest putting the focus on your oral health. It’s a new year, so give you a new smile.


Our doctors at All Coast Dental can assist with all of your oral health needs. Whether you desire to whiten your teeth, enhance their appearance through cosmetic procedures, or wish to straighten them through orthodontic treatment. We always welcome new patients and do our best to answer any questions you may have. If you wish to discuss your smile goals, schedule a consultation as soon as possible.


If you have questions or concerns regarding 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.  

Friday, December 15, 2017

Diabetes and Implants

We at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach understand that our patients may have conditions which complicate their oral health. One of the most common of these is diabetes, which puts patients at higher risk for developing gingivitis and periodontitis. Many of our diabetic patients worry that they need or may need prosthetic teeth, but are uncertain whether they can receive implants.


This question has been subject to many studies, but a consensus is emerging that diabetic patients are often good implant candidates. It is true that placement of implants requires surgical incisions and people with uncontrolled diabetes take longer to recover from wounds. Another complicating factor is that people with diabetes often suffer from chronic inflammation, and inflammation is thought to be a warning sign of a failing implant. However, reviews of the medical literature undertaken by the American Dental Association found people with uncontrolled diabetes have comparable rates of implant failure to non-diabetic and patients with controlled diabetes, and that the failure rates are very low. Patients receiving implants do require more careful monitoring while recovering from the incisions, which is a factor to consider, but diabetic patients need not worry that fixed prosthetic teeth are off-limits to them.


Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate 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.


 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tooth Decay in Seniors

At All Coast Dental, we put particular emphasis on oral care for seniors. Children are the demographic cavities most commonly occur in, but seniors are the second-most vulnerable. According to the most recent information from the Centers for Disease Control, one in five seniors had untreated tooth decay, making this a vital issue for seniors’ comfort and health.


Members of older generations usually did not have access to fluoridated water while their teeth were developing, making them particularly vulnerable to tooth decay (also known as dental lesions or caries). However, cavities commonly develop in seniors who previously had good oral health, implying that something changed which made their oral hygiene more difficult. There are a number of possible causes: poor dexterity, forgetfulness, change in diet to foods that are stickier or likelier to get caught between the teeth, and loss of dental care coverage, for example. Seniors also are commonly on medications with side effects that put them at higher risk for tooth decay. Dry mouth is a common side effect of cancer medications which makes it more difficult for the body to remove food debris and keep bacteria growth under control.


Seniors benefit from using toothpaste with extra fluoridation and throat moistening products. We can also introduce them to products appropriate for their specific needs while carrying out regular cleanings.


Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate 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.


 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that develop between the ages of 17-24. Wisdom teeth can either erupt or stay impacted (under the gum). When wisdom teeth are impacted, this increases a patient’s risk of developing an infection. The safest way to avoid this is to discuss extraction with one of our doctors at All Coast Dental.


While oral surgery is no picnic for anyone, having wisdom teeth extracted provides more benefits to the patient than leaving them intact. Wisdom teeth can lead to gum pain, headaches, and can cause damage to surrounding teeth. Before deciding if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, our doctors will explain the procedure and assure that you are as comfortable as possible before proceeding.  


If you have questions or concerns regarding wisdom teeth extraction, 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.