WE HAVE RE-OPENED

Our community has been through a lot over the last couple months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority of our dental practice, and you may have seen that we take great pride in this. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep the patients, staff, and the ones we come in contact with in our daily lives safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

Here are some new changes we have made to ensure your safety:
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office, and we will be taking your temperature. Based on your answers and if your temperature is 100.4°F or higher, we will need to reschedule your appointment.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. Similarly, please limit the personal belongings that you bring inside to your appointment.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients when possible. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. Please respect the social distancing requirement of 6 feet where practical.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. To that end, please consider calling from your car to check on the status of the reception area and be on time. Also, please come alone to your appointments. If needed, one guardian/caretaker is permitted, but they must remain in the reception area.
  • Please arrive with face masks/coverings for they will be required at all times for both patients and staff when appropriate.
  • An antiseptic mouth rinse will be used just prior to treatment for the health and safety of all. Where possible, expect changes in how we do certain procedures to eliminate or reduce the spread of aerosols and splatter during treatment. For example, for now we will be temporarily eliminating ultrasonic tools and teeth polishing during your teeth cleaning appointments until further notice.
  • Clear sneeze guard barriers between you and our front desk personnel will be used to aid in social distancing, and we ask that we all limit our conversations to what’s necessary to limit contact time. More regular and frequent sanitizing of high touch areas and items will be done for your health and safety. This includes door and other handles, light switches, countertops, etc.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 415-752-8311 .

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leo Arellano

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Causes of bleeding gums, and treatment options in San Francisco

Treatment for Bleeding Gums from San Francisco dentist

Bleeding gums can be an indication of more serious problems than you may think. Although there may be a few different causes of bleeding gums, the serious condition of periodontal disease is the most common. While it may seem that the little bit of blood that you see when brushing is rather harmless, this can be a sign of a serious health problem. There are harmful bacteria in your mouth, and your gums are your sign that action needs to be taken in order to protect your overall health.

The significance of bleeding gums is the progression of gum disease. From the very earliest stage of gingivitis, gum disease may display a variety of symptoms in addition to bleeding gums:

  • Soreness in the gums
  • Swelling of gum tissue
  • Deep pockets between the teeth and gum tissue
  • Changes in your bite (the way teeth fit together)
  • The feeling of looseness in a tooth or teeth
  • Receding gums
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In dealing with gum disease, early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent further complications that affect your overall health. The bleeding that occurs during brushing, or the swelling and discomfort of irritated gums are not an isolated condition. With this comes the potential for harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Furthermore, the bacteria that cause gum disease and bleeding gums can travel through the body just as food does, through the digestive tract. Some of the potential health hazards of gum disease include:

  • Digestive issues
  • Respiratory disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

It is vital to see your dentist immediately if you have bleeding gums. To address the issue of gum disease adequately, continue brushing twice a day and flossing; but also schedule a visit to Dr. Arellano to determine if gum disease is present and to what degree. Gum disease is treatable at any stage, but treatment is dependent on the condition of the gum tissue. To protect your health, contact us to address bleeding gums and the issue of gum disease.