All Coast Dental

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Benefits of Mouthwash

Mouthwash is often the most underused but important aspect of your dental health routine. It isn’t a replacement for brushing or flossing, but a useful additive to your oral health. Certain areas of your mouth can’t be reached with brushes and floss. Mouthwash is the solution. It neutralizes the bacteria, keeping your mouth fresh. Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos recommend mouthwash to their patients in Pacific Beach, CA.


 


Two types of mouthwash are available, cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic is best for just treating bad breath. Therapeutic focuses on controlling gingivitis, plaque, and tooth decay. There are many different types of therapeutic mouthwash. Each one has specific benefits. It may seem overwhelming, but your Pacific Beach dentists can offer guidance.


 


Your mouthwash container comes with specific instructions. Here are some general steps to follow:


 


-Read the instructions and pour the specific amount into your mouth.


-With your mouth closed, swish it around your mouth. Do so for the recommended amount of time on the label.


-Spit, never swallow the mouthwash! It contains certain substances, like fluoride, which can be detrimental in large doses.


-Avoid drinking or eating for at least thirty minutes afterward.


 


Here are a few general tips for purchasing a mouthwash. If you have a sensitive mouth, pay close attention to the ingredients. Invest in a sensitive mouthwash. There are also alcohol-free and natural types available. There are even mouthwashes that help you prevent plaque and tartar.


 


Prevention is the key to a healthy life. Mouthwash is just one step in the right direction. To learn more about keeping a clean mouth, contact All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Dental Crowns

As we age our teeth naturally begin to lose their lackluster. They begin to weaken, and as a result, teeth can crack, decay, and become discolored. Dental crowns are the solution, restoring the functionality and appearance of your teeth. Drs. Julie Boulos DDS and Joseph Boulos DDS of All Coast Dental offer dental crowns to our patients.


 


Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. The most common are porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and full gold. The recommended option is porcelain. It is the strongest and the most natural looking. It blends in well with your other natural teeth. Dental crowns can last ten to fifteen years, especially when made from porcelain.


 


The complete process for dental crowns takes between 2-3 appointments with Drs. Boulos. At your first appointment, a local anesthetic will be applied to the afflicted tooth. Any decayed material will be removed and then the tooth will be reshaped. A mold or impression will then be taken of the tooth. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory to create your customized dental crown. It will take between 2-3 weeks for your permanent crown to be completed. In the meantime, you’ll receive a temporary crown.


 


At your final appointment, the local anesthetic will be reapplied to the area. The temporary crown will be removed. We will check to make sure that the crown fits properly. If so, it will be permanently bonded to your teeth with cement.


 


To learn more about our dental crown or other services, contact All Coast Dental today. We are located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Julie Boulos DDS or Joseph Boulos DDS, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dental Appointments For Seniors

As we grow older, our teeth naturally begin to weaken, just like any other bone in the human body. Which is why it's important to make sure our teeth can last a lifetime. Practicing good oral hygiene is critical to your health, regardless of age. That’s why it's important that senior citizens have their bi-annual checkups. Whether you have all of your natural teeth, dentures, or partials, Drs. Julie Boulos DDS and Joseph Boulos DDS of All Coast Dental are here to help.


 


For senior patients, we discuss your health history and perform a thorough examination of your mouth at your appointment. During the exam, we will check your face and neck, bite, jaw, lymph nodes, salivary glands, inner cheeks and the inside of your oral cavity. This may seem excessive, but it's only because your health is a high priority when you grow older. It’s important that we check for any sign of infection or oral cancer symptoms. Prevention and early detection are the keys to fighting cancer. If you wear or have dentures, you can also address any problems you might be having with them. We will examine them to make sure that they fit and are functioning correctly.


 


Remember to practice good dental hygiene daily. Make sure to brush twice a day for at least two minutes each. Flossing once a day is important as well. If you have problems maintaining a routine, talk to us about different options. We can provide you with recommendations for different products and techniques.


 


All Coast Dental is located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Julie Boulos DDS and Joseph Boulos DDS, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Proper Flossing Technique

When you come in for your bi-annual checkups, Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos DDS can tell if you haven’t been flossing daily. There are many reasons why people don’t floss, but the biggest issue is that most never learned to floss properly. That’s why our staff here at All Coast Dental are going to outline proper flossing technique, along with a few tips.


 


The biggest mistake you can make it not flossing daily. Flossing is just as important as brushing. Only through flossing can you clean and reach certain areas of your mouth. Just integrating flossing once a day can make a world of a difference in your dental health.


 


It’s not difficult to correct your flossing behavior. The first step is making sure you have enough floss. Take out about 18 inches of floss from the package. Tie one end around each of your middle fingers. With one finger, twirl the floss towards it to cycle out the dirty floss. The other finger will cycle in the clean floss. Next, hold the floss firm and guide it between your teeth. Try not to snap the floss in. This will just hurt you. Wrap the floss around one of the two teeth in a “C” shape. Move the floss up and down in a rubbing motion. Repeat for all of your teeth.


 


If you have problems reaching tighter areas of your mouth, there are various solutions. The majority of grocery stores and supermarkets sell handheld flossing applicators. These small devices can be used to reach the tight or back areas of your mouth. For tight gaps between teeth, floss comes in a variety of thicknesses. Buying a thinner floss or a floss made of a different material can help.


 


All Coast Dental is located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Julie Boulos DDS and Joseph Boulos DDS, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.


 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays/onlays are a cosmetic procedure that is often thought of as being partial crowns. They restore shape and function to the tooth. Drs. Joseph Boulos and Julie Boulos offer inlays/onlays at All Coast Dental, located in Pacific Beach, CA. After the procedure, your teeth will look and act exactly as you’ve always wanted them to.


 


Inlays/onlays are largely focused on not just restoring your tooths appearance but also its purpose. The functionality of the tooth is restored and strengthened by inlays/onlays. They also prevent further damage to the teeth.


 


The difference between the two depends on the severity of the decay. When your tooth is largely intact, specifically the cusps, then an inlay is needed. It can be directly placed onto the tooth. This is not the case with extreme decay. When damage is extensive, an onlay will extend onto the chewing surface to replace any damaged cusps.


 


The entire procedure takes two or three appointments with Drs. Boulos. Before the inlays/onlays are placed the decayed tissue must be removed. An impression will be made after. A dental laboratory will use this impression to create the inlay/onlay. This guarantees that it will fit both in shape and appearance to your teeth. The laboratory will take between two to three weeks to complete your restorative device. A temporary inlay/onlay will be given while you wait. You will receive your permanent restorative device at your final appointment.


 


Drs. Joseph Boulos and Julie Boulos are available by appointment at All Coast Dental. We are located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule your appointment, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.


 


 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Veneers

Dental veneers are a way for you to reshape your smile. At All Coast Dental, Drs. Joseph Boulos and Julie Boulos want you to have a smile that you can be proud of. Dental veneers are the answer. They are thin durable porcelain shells that go over your natural teeth. They can correct any kind of dental issue. If you experience stained, cracked, chipped, broken, or gapped teeth, veneers are the solution.


 


It will take between 2-3 appointments with Drs. Boulos for the entire veneer process. The first appointment is more of a consultation. This is when you and Drs. Boulos can decide on what you want your veneers to look like. The more you know the easier it will be to communicate it to us. That's why it is recommended that you do some individual research beforehand. There are many iterations of veneers available. Two major choices are needed for your veneers: shape and color. Shape refers to your veneers being rounded or square in appearance. Many patients believe that rounded is more feminine while the square is more masculine. This is not true. Either shape is available to patients regardless of gender. Color is the shading of the veneers. They are offered in natural all the way to Hollywood levels of brightness.


 


After you’ve decided, the next step in the process can take place. We will clean your teeth in preparation for the veneers. Then we will take an impression or mold of your teeth. A dental laboratory is used to create your veneers. They will receive your teeth impression and custom create them. The entire process takes between 10-14 days. You will have temporary veneers while you wait. At your final appointment, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth.


 


If you are interested in learning more about dental veneers, or our other cosmetic services, contact All Coast Dental today. We are located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Julie Boulos and Joseph Boulos, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month here at All Coast Dental. Drs. Julie Boulos and Joseph Boulos want our patients to be healthy and thriving. That’s why we encourage being proactive about your oral health. Besides your bi-annual visits, prevention is the key to staying healthy. If you experience any strange or unusual mouth symptoms, make your appointment today.


 


Book an appointment with Drs. Boulos when experiencing anything unusual in your mouth that doesn't clear up within two to three weeks. This can be an indicator of something serious, especially if the problem is reoccurring. Be on the lookup for these symptoms:


 


Sores that don’t heal within 14 days, odd coloring of the soft tissue, abnormalities that bleed easily, bumps or hard spots in the mouth, a lump on the outside of the neck that has been present for at least two weeks.


 


Symptoms may vary when it comes to HPV-caused oropharyngeal cancer. A patient might experience hoarseness or a sore throat, constant coughing, lump on the neck, problems swallowing, or an ache in one or both ears.


 


There are many risk factors for oral cancers. These include heavy drinking and smoking, along with HPV16 or the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus 16.


 


Do not wait to book an appointment this April. Your health might depend on it. Drs. Julie Boulos and Joseph Boulos are located at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.