All Coast Dental

Friday, November 27, 2020

Flossing Technique


Brushing and flossing are the two most important parts of oral preventive care, but many people misunderstand them. Flossing, in particular, is easy to do badly if you don’t know the right technique. At All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, we work hard to provide restorations to people suffering from tooth decay, but in order for our work to last, a patient must understand how to floss properly. We thought it would be helpful to describe the process.


Flossing is supposed to remove debris from your teeth, not move it from one tooth to another. You’ll need to use long strands of floss, of at least fifteen inches, and wrap each end around your middle finger. You’ll be able to manipulate the taunt floss with your index fingers and thumbs, and as you floss each tooth, you’ll unspool a bit more floss from one finger and wrap the other end around the middle finger on the other hand.


To floss well, you need to scrape the floss along the side of each tooth. A common mistake is to simply slide it into the gap between the teeth, but you’ll actually need to pull it into a c-shape against each tooth and slide it a little way into the gingival margin. You’ll then rub the floss back and forth as you lift it back out, and do the same with the other side of the tooth. Doing this shouldn’t hurt or cause bleeding, and if it does, you’re going too far into the gum or you already have a mild gum infection. Sugar-free chewing gum can help remove food debris when you aren’t able to floss immediately after a meal, but flossing needs to be done daily, and be done on both natural and prosthetic teeth.


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, November 12, 2020

Diabetes and Gum Disease

If you have diabetes, you probably know that you’re at increased risk for gum disease. But if you don’t, did you know that by preventing gum disease, you can also lower your risk for developing diabetes? November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and in honor of it, we at All Coast Dental want our patients to know more about the relationship between diabetes and gingivitis, and why daily oral hygiene is so important to your overall health.


People with uncontrolled diabetes are generally at greater risk for developing infections. Gum disease is an infection of the gum pockets, which become inflamed in response to the acid produced by bacteria’s respiratory process. A diabetic person’s immune system is less able to fight off the infection, and the cellular damage caused by unprocessed sugars in the bloodstream makes the gum tissue more prone to bleeding. The increased sugar in a diabetic person’s saliva would also provide more nourishment to oral bacteria, although lack of saliva would deprive the teeth of their protection against acid. There is also emerging evidence that the damage caused to gum tissue by bacterial acid inhibits the body’s ability to process sugars and disrupts its immune response, forming a vicious circle between the two diseases.


Keeping the gum pockets clear of food debris is essential for everybody’s health, but especially that of people who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels. Everybody should brush their teeth twice a day and floss at least once. It’s also especially important for people on medication to prevent dry mouth. They may use an artificial throat moisturizer, or try producing more saliva by chewing sugarfree gum. But regularly drinking unsweetened water throughout the day is also an important means of removing food debris and bacterial acid, and can also combat the bad breath gum disease sometimes causes.


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, November 5, 2020

What Tools do Dentists Use?

How do you feel when you see dental instruments? Apprehensive? Curious? We hope it’s not the former. At All Coast Dental, we’re a family practice that provides general and dental care to the Pacific Beach community. We want our patients to feel comfortable talking to us about their oral care and to feel informed about their treatment decisions. To that end, we thought it would be helpful if our patients knew how to talk about the instruments we use the most frequently, and had a firmer idea of what they’re for.


The tool we use the most during a routine cleaning is the probe. This metal wand has a hook on each end and serves a variety of purposes. It is most often used to break up tartar, the hardened plaque that forms on teeth and causes gum recession. But it is also used to test the hardness of enamel and, in a specialized form called a scaler, to remove debris from a patient’s gum pockets. The probe is paired with a handheld mirror, which besides allowing us to see the backs of teeth, allows us to hold back the patient’s cheeks. As we remove debris, we’ll also use a tube called an evacuator to clean out the patient’s mouth with suction.


If a patient is suffering from tooth decay, our instruments will allow us to treat them with minimal discomfort. We use a syringe to inject anesthetic and modern dental drills emit water to prevent overheating. Fillings are sculpted with rounded instruments called burnishers to ensure the patient can close their teeth together completely. When teeth need to be extracted, we’ll remove them by wiggling them with flattened spoons called elevators, until they can be lifted out with reverse-action forceps. Some of these tools come in different shapes for more specialized procedures, which we’ll be happy to explain to any patient who’s curious.


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.

Monday, October 12, 2020

4 Reasons to Clean Your Tongue

Brushing and flossing shouldn’t be the only steps included in your dental hygiene routine. Recent studies suggest tongue cleaning reduces harmful bacteria in your mouth. Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos of All Coast Dental located in Pacific Beach, CA are passionate about dental hygiene, including the importance of tongue cleaning. Here are four reasons to clean your tongue.



Combat Bad Breath


Do you suffer stinky breath and have tried everything from special toothpaste to mouthwash with no results? A 2014 study by the Journal of Periodontology revealed that cleaning your tongue is one solution to reduce bad breath. The study discovered tongue cleaning removes up to 75 percent of the compounds that cause bad breath versus a toothbrush only removes 45 percent of the tongue’s compounds.




Eliminate White Tongue


A white tongue is a condition that results from poor hygiene, trapping bacteria and debris into the tongue’s tiny bumps, or papillae. Your Pacific Beach, CA dentists advise a gentle scraping of the tongue to solve this usually harmless condition.




Reduce Plaque


Plaque is a thin sticky film of bacteria typically found on your teeth and tongue. Regular flossing and brushing removes this bacteria on your teeth, but what about your tongue? That’s why tongue cleaning is important for removing these harmful bacteria and preventing plaque from spreading across your body through your saliva. 




Improve Taste


It’s no wonder your tongue’s build-up of bacteria and plaque has a profound effect on taste. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, taste sensations improved significantly after two weeks of tongue cleaning using a tongue scraper. 




Drs. Joseph and Julie 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.




4 Reasons to Clean Your Tongue

Brushing and flossing shouldn’t be the only steps included in your dental hygiene routine. Recent studies suggest tongue cleaning reduces harmful bacteria in your mouth. Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos of All Coast Dental located in Pacific Beach, CA are passionate about dental hygiene, including the importance of tongue cleaning. Here are four reasons to clean your tongue.


Combat Bad Breath

Do you suffer stinky breath and have tried everything from special toothpaste to mouthwash with no results? A 2014 study by the Journal of Periodontology revealed that cleaning your tongue is one solution to reduce bad breath. The study discovered tongue cleaning removes up to 75 percent of the compounds that cause bad breath versus a toothbrush only removes 45 percent of the tongue’s compounds.


Eliminate White Tongue

A white tongue is a condition that results from poor hygiene, trapping bacteria and debris into the tongue’s tiny bumps, or papillae. Your Pacific Beach, CA dentists advise a gentle scraping of the tongue to solve this usually harmless condition.


Reduce Plaque

Plaque is a thin sticky film of bacteria typically found on your teeth and tongue. Regular flossing and brushing removes this bacteria on your teeth, but what about your tongue? That’s why tongue cleaning is important for removing these harmful bacteria and preventing plaque from spreading across your body through your saliva. 


Improve Taste

It’s no wonder your tongue’s build-up of bacteria and plaque has a profound effect on taste. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, taste sensations improved significantly after two weeks of tongue cleaning using a tongue scraper. 


Drs. Joseph and Julie 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.


Monday, October 5, 2020

Laser Dentistry

Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos of All Coast Dental located in Pacific Beach, CA are proud to offer laser dentistry to treat patients with periodontal disease. To find out if this revolutionary technology is the right treatment plan for you, contact our office today. 




What is Periodontal Disease?


Periodontal disease or gum disease is an infection that targets the tissues holding your teeth in place. Periodontal disease develops when plaque, a type of bacterial film, accumulates, and hardens on the teeth. The primary cause of this condition is poor dental hygiene, particularly a lack of brushing and proper flossing.




How Laser Dentistry Works


At All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, we pride ourselves in making every experience pleasant and comfortable for our patients. Our laser treatments are no different. Your trusted dentist will use a dental laser to remove infected tissue from the root of your teeth. One the infected tissue is removed, your dentist begins root scaling or scraping off the built-up plaque in your gumline. After the root is smoothed down to prevent future infections, the pocket is sealed using laser energy.




Benefits of Laser Dentistry


Treating periodontal disease with laser dentistry has a variety of benefits such as:


-Non-invasive procedure


-Minimal pain


-Short recovery period


-Preserves healthy parts of the teeth


-Lowers risk of bacterial infections


-Limits bleeding




Drs. Joseph and Julie 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.




Laser Dentistry

Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos of All Coast Dental located in Pacific Beach, CA are proud to offer laser dentistry to treat patients with periodontal disease. To find out if this revolutionary technology is the right treatment plan for you, contact our office today. 


What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease or gum disease is an infection that targets the tissues holding your teeth in place. Periodontal disease develops when plaque, a type of bacterial film, accumulates, and hardens on the teeth. The primary cause of this condition is poor dental hygiene, particularly a lack of brushing and proper flossing.


How Laser Dentistry Works

At All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, we pride ourselves in making every experience pleasant and comfortable for our patients. Our laser treatments are no different. Your trusted dentist will use a dental laser to remove infected tissue from the root of your teeth. One the infected tissue is removed, your dentist begins root scaling or scraping off the built-up plaque in your gumline. After the root is smoothed down to prevent future infections, the pocket is sealed using laser energy.


Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Treating periodontal disease with laser dentistry has a variety of benefits such as:

-Non-invasive procedure

-Minimal pain

-Short recovery period

-Preserves healthy parts of the teeth

-Lowers risk of bacterial infections

-Limits bleeding


Drs. Joseph and Julie 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.