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Maintaining optimal oral health requires more than just daily brushing. Certain steps should be followed and techniques used to keep a mouth and smile healthy for a lifetime.

Patients should understand their individual oral care needs

Patients should tell the doctor about any existing medical conditions, and the medications and supplements they are currently taking. Factors such as heart disease, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer, and the treatments for these conditions can necessitate specific changes in oral care. Existing patients should discuss any changes in their health or medications since their last dental visit.

Develop a daily oral care plan and follow it carefully

Dr. Arellano and his team can help patients design an easy to follow daily oral care routine based on their medical history and unique needs. For example, diabetes or pregnancy can increase the risk for periodontal disease. Specific preventive treatments, antibacterial mouthwash, or more frequent dental checkups may be recommended.

Use the right toothbrush and techniques

The teeth should be brushed at least twice each day, but brushing after every meal and after snacks is a healthier, more proactive approach. The toothbrush should have a head that fits the mouth comfortably and is small enough to reach the very back areas of the mouth. The bristles should be soft to prevent abrading the gingival (gum) tissue and tooth enamel.

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The brush should be held at an angle with the bristles pointing at the gumline. The chewing surface, outside, and inside of each tooth should be brushed gently. It is recommended to work from one side to the other of the upper arch and then repeat for the lower arch to ensure every tooth is cleaned. An electric toothbrush may make brushing easier for those with dexterity problems such as arthritis. The tongue should also be brushed or cleaned with a tongue scraper.

Floss every day – don’t skip this crucial step

It is not possible to clean between the teeth with a toothbrush. If the teeth are not flossed, the area that traps the most food debris and plaque are missed, so periodontal disease and cavities can develop quickly. The doctor or hygienist can demonstrate proper flossing techniques and recommend flossing aids to make the task easier.

Maintain regular dental visits

Even with the best oral hygiene routines, plaque and tartar can build up in hard to reach areas of the mouth. Professional cleaning can address these areas before they cause issues. Regular dental exams can catch any problems while they are small so they can be easily treated. If problems such as swollen gums, loose teeth, sensitivity, or changes in bite develop, a dental appointment should be scheduled promptly.

Dr. Arellano and his team work with patients to help them learn to be advocates for their own optimal oral health. Call 415-881-4343, or stop by our office, located at 3030 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118, 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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