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Tips for prevention of gum problems in San Francisco

Gum Problems Prevention San Francisco

Dr. Leo Arellano and his talented team are dedicated to helping people in San Francisco and across the Bay Area enjoy beautiful smiles and optimal oral health. The doctor provides a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services, but he believes prevention is the best treatment for any dental issue. Problems with gum health (periodontal disease) are a common concern across America. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that half of all people over 30 suffer from some stage of the disease. Good oral hygiene and healthy habits are essential to preventing gum disease.

Dr. Arellano offers some tips to help avoid gum problems:

  • Diet – Reduce the frequency and quantity of sugary foods and beverages consumed, because sugar feeds the harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease.
  • Tobacco – Research has found that tobacco use, both smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco, may play a role in more than 50 percent of the cases of chronic periodontal disease. Quitting can improve oral and overall health.
  • Checkups – Periodontal disease is not obvious to the individual until it has reached the most advanced stages. Regular dental examinations can reveal the onset of the disease and allow it to be addressed promptly. Early treatment is more conservative and prevents further damage to the oral tissues.
  • Oral hygiene – Effective oral hygiene is the first line of defense against periodontal disease.
    • Brush after meals and snacks. When it is not possible to brush, rinsing can remove a portion of the food particles and reduce bacteria by 30 percent.
    • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and brush debris away from the gums, making sure to brush every surface of every tooth.
    • If limited dexterity is a problem, an electric toothbrush may be beneficial.
    • Clean the tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper.
    • Rinse with a prescription chlorhexidrine mouthwash or Listerine twice a day.
    • Floss – Flossing daily is crucial to effective oral hygiene because a toothbrush cannot reach the areas between teeth.

We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment today

Dr. Arellano and his team are happy to answer patients’ questions about best practices to improve oral health and avoid gum problems. They can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques for patients, if needed.

Our office is conveniently located at 3030 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118. Be proactive about oral health. Call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment today.



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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