All Coast Dental

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

Friday, February 21, 2020


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

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

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.