All Coast Dental

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tongue Cleaning For Children

A parent’s goal in life is to raise their children happy and healthy. An important aspect of your child’s health involves oral hygiene. But there is one part of the mouth that is regularly ignored, and that is the tongue. Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos recommend tongue cleaning for children. This cleans off any unhealthy bacterial coatings. To learn more, contact All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA.


 


Just because your child’s baby teeth aren’t permanent doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Teaching your child good dental hygiene now will follow them into adulthood. This prevents the development of childhood cavities. Tongue brushing is a beneficial way to accomplish this. The tongue is naturally sticky, holding onto bacteria and debris. A tongue scraper removes these substances from the surface of the tongue. There is even research that tongue scraping increases your sense of taste.


 


Your child’s toothbrush works as a tongue scraper in a tight pinch. The best option is buying an actual child-sized tongue scraper from your local grocery store or supermarket. These are sorted by age to guarantee a correct fit. The width of the scraper should match the width of the tongue. Your Pacific Beach, CA, dentists only recommend tongue scraping for children over the age of five.


 


First, show your child how the tongue cleaner works. Bring them with you to the bathroom and place them in front of the mirror. Ask them to stick out their tongue. While watching in the mirror, guide their hand which is holding the tongue cleaner. Move it gently from the back of the tongue down to the tip. Remind them to wash off the apparatus every time.


 


Proper dental health is a guarantee for a brighter future. Help keep your child’s teeth healthy and happy. All Coast Dental is located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos, call 858-270-4904 or visit https://www.allcoastdental.net/.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Sjorgen's Syndrome

Certain medical conditions have a negative impact on your oral health. Sjorgen’s syndrome is one of them. This is an autoimmune condition that affects the saliva and tear glands. These patients end up at All Coast Dental with complaints of dry mouth. Schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph or Julie Boulos before the glands stop working completely. Your Pacific Beach, CA, dentists can help alleviate your symptoms.


 


Various symptoms occur with a systemic condition like Sjorgen’s syndrome. We’ve narrowed the list down to the ones that affect your oral health.


 


-Dry lips, throat, and mouth


-Problems swallowing


-A scratchy or hoarse voice


-Chronic cough


-Repetitive oral infections or cavities


-Swollen salivary glands in the neck and face


 


At the moment, there is no known cure for Sjorgen’s syndrome. The only thing medical professionals know so far is that its development is due to genetics or a reaction to certain germs.


That doesn’t mean there aren’t treatment options! A diagnosis is the first step to getting healthy. Your Pacific Beach, CA, dentist examines your salivary glands and flow. Your dentist also treats secondary symptoms like cavities.


 


Your treatment depends entirely upon yourself and your symptoms. Talk to your Primary Care Physician (PCP) about medication for your body’s immune response. Your Pacific Beach, CA, dentist focuses on your oral symptoms. You need to increase your salivary production. Drs. Joseph or Julie Boulos may recommend Artificial Saliva. This keeps your mouth moist when your saliva can’t. There are also over-the-counter dry mouth medications. These are available in both toothpaste and mouthwash form.


 


All Coast Dental is located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph or Julie Boulos, call 858-270-4904 or visit https://www.allcoastdental.net/.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Fluorosis

All Coast Dental believes in giving patients family-friendly service. It’s why Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos treat patients of all ages. A common pediatric dental condition we see is called Fluorosis. It’s when a child is exposed to larger amounts of fluoride, creating thin white streaks on the teeth. This condition isn’t dangerous but offers parents a good moment to evaluate their child’s nutritional habits. To learn more, contact our office in Pacific Beach, CA.


 


Children are the only demographic at risk for fluorosis. That’s because it affects teeth that haven’t emerged from the gum line. It’s important to note that this isn’t a harmful condition. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in our drinking water. It’s also in most dental products. Your child should have their teeth examined to rule out other problems.


 


Breastfeeding is a healthy way to minimize your child’s exposure to fluoride. It provides your child with healthy and organic nutrients. When you use formula, your baby is at risk of fluorosis. That’s because most formulas require water. You can avoid this by breastfeeding as long as you’re able or comfortable. Parents of older children need to closely monitor their child’s toothpaste habits. A child below the age of three shouldn’t use more toothpaste than a grain of rice.


 


Have your child start brushing their teeth twice a day after they turn three. They need a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Watch them closely to make sure they don’t swallow it. The same goes for other products like mouthwash. These contain fluoride, and swallowing them increases their risk for fluorosis.


 


All Coast Dental is located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph or Julie Boulos, call 858-270-4904 or visit https://www.allcoastdental.net/.

Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen, no matter how careful you are. That’s why the best thing to do is be prepared! This applies to dental emergencies too. Maybe you got hurt playing sports, got into an accident, or tripped and fell. All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, provides you with quick and efficient treatment. Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos will try to see you as soon as possible. Contact us right away for faster treatment.


 


You need to see the dentist right away during an emergency. Call us to get in quickly. If you can’t get ahold of our Pacific Beach, CA, office, consider going to your local emergency room. Follow this brief guide in the meantime.


 


-Missing filling: fillings keep your teeth clean and safe. Try your best to locate the filling. While you wait, you need something to protect the exposed area. Covering it with sugarless gum is a great choice.


 


-Loose crowns: find the crown and see if it fits back on. Use an over-the-counter denture cream if necessary. This keeps it secure until your appointment.


 


-Severe toothaches: the first thing you need to do is thoroughly clean the area. Trapped food or debris can cause your discomfort. If the pain still resides after that, schedule an appointment with our Pacific Beach, CA, office.


 


-Broken or chipped tooth: locate and gather as much of the tooth shards as possible. Rinse your mouth to find any other pieces. Get an icepack and keep it on your face. Rotate it on and off every fifteen minutes. This keeps the swelling down.


 


-Partially knocked-out tooth: Do not touch the tooth or its surrounding area. This could dislodge it permanently. You want to try to keep the tissue alive. Keep the tooth clean and the swelling down. This makes it easier for Drs. Joseph or Julie Boulos to work on.


 


-Knocked-out tooth: find the tooth right away. You need to clean it and see if it fits back in its spot. If it doesn’t, keep the tooth alive by placing it in a cup of cold milk or saltwater. This is the highest level of a dental emergency. You need quick and fast care.


 


A proactive stance on dental emergencies saves you time and money. Make sure that your entire family knows how to contact your dentist.


 


All Coast Dental is located in Pacific Beach, CA. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos right away. Call 858-270-4904 or visit https://www.allcoastdental.net/.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Diode SOL Laser for Soft Tissues


All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach is a modern dental office, equipped to provide for cosmetic and general dentistry needs with proficiency and convenience. One of the technologies we use is a SOL soft tissue diode laser. With this instrument, we’re able to treat gum disease with less risk to the patient and a shorter recovery time.


Dental drills are necessary for procedures involving modifications to artificial hard tissues, and we ensure that our patients are relaxed and properly numbed when we repair their crowns. But many people have an aversion to a drill’s sound and vibrations, which is why they feel more at ease with laser dentistry for soft tissues. Additionally, the laser seals blood vessels, resulting in far less bleeding than metal scalpels. This often means that patients don’t require as many sutures and that their gums heal faster, allowing them to resume eating normally or to move on to the next stage of their treatment. Patients may also require less anesthesia, allowing them to regain feeling in their mouths sooner after leaving our office.


Soft tissue lasers can be used to remove infected gum material and to reshape the gum line in preparation for dentures or cosmetic treatment. Patients will need to follow their post-operation instructions, but they will be at less risk for infection than they would be with more sutures. If a patient is still nervous about their dental appointment, we can discuss sedation options with them, ensuring they’ll be comfortable while they receive vital care.


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.


 


 

Friday, January 31, 2020

Gum Disease and Heart Disease


Your oral health is vital to your whole body. You probably knew that if you don’t brush your teeth, you’re much likelier to develop gum infections. But did you know that gum disease has also been linked to heart disease? At All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, we frequently provide deep cleanings and periodontal therapy to people at risk for heart failure, and we want them to understand why preventive care is so vital.


There are many studies showing that people with gum disease are likelier to have hypertension. Children with dental infections are also likelier to develop thickened arteries, and people who have lost teeth to infections are at greater risk for chest pains, heart attacks, and strokes. Although gum disease and heart disease share some common risk factors, such as smoking, there may also be a causal relationship. Gum disease is caused by oral bacteria secreting acid as a waste product. Inflammation is an immune system response to bacterial infection, and if oral bacteria are able to spread to other parts of the body through gum lesions, they may trigger inflammation in the circulatory system.


It is too soon to say that improved oral hygiene decreases a person’s existing risk for cardiovascular disease, but it certainly lowers their risk for gum inflammation. During deep cleanings, we remove bacterial build-up from the gum pockets, where patients can’t reach on their own. We also examine their x-rays to determine whether they have active infections deeper in their gum tissue, allowing us to intervene early.


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 30, 2020

Diet and Enamel Erosion


Although everybody should brush and floss twice a day, some foods pose a greater risk to oral health than others. At All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, we frequently repair decayed and eroded teeth, providing patients with crowns and veneers that are beautiful and dependable. But prosthetic teeth need to be cared for just like natural teeth, so we thought it would be a good idea to detail how diet contributes to tooth decay.


Tooth decay is caused by the acid oral bacteria produce as they metabolize sugar. Most decay-causing bacteria eat debris left over from our own food, with simple sugars being easier for them to metabolize. They have longer to feed on debris caught between teeth, so sticky food allows them to produce more acid. But there are also substances, including citric juice and soda, that are acidic in their own right and erode teeth directly. Citric juice is commonly used as a sour flavoring in candy and energy gel, so patients need to make sure they drink water to rinse it off quickly.


Some foods are likelier to trigger a different source of acid. Red meat, caffeine, alcohol, garlic, and onions may contribute to acid reflux. When this happens, acid rises from the stomach and enters the oral cavity, eroding the back teeth. Sealants can help protect teeth from acid reflux, but patients who suffer from it frequently may need to change their diets and use toothpaste for people with sensitive 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.