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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Progressive dental care in California

Progressive dental care in California

Dental care has evolved through the centuries, always benefiting from research and development. Historically, dentistry consisted of tooth extraction, with a few forward thinkers attempting repair or restoration with minimal effectiveness. Throughout the ages, researchers continued to add information and new techniques to the established dental knowledge of the era. As understanding of the oral cavity grew, the role of the dentist grew with it.

From simply removing the tooth, dental care evolved into repair rather than remove as dentists began filling teeth. As knowledge grew, restoration became a successful technique and the dentist’s role expanded once again. The next step came with a better understanding of effective ways to prevent dental problems; therefore the scope of a dentist’s expertise became much larger. Recent studies have broadened the understanding of the oral-systemic connection, revealing the significant role oral health plays in overall health.

Modern dental care has an entirely new significance, and so has the role of dentists. Today’s progressive dentist focuses on the prevention of problems with the teeth and their supporting structure. They provide education for their patients, helping them become advocates of their own oral health. Guidance and coaching in healthy lifestyles and effective oral hygiene are an important part of modern dental care.


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Conservative treatment is the cornerstone of the most advanced dental practices. The doctors understand the importance of keeping the natural teeth as long as possible. Modern dentistry offers excellent options, such as dental implants, for the replacement of lost teeth, but even the finest implant is not quite as good as the natural tooth. They will never under treat or over treat any dental condition. A progressive dentist provides the most conservative, effective treatment possible to address dental issues, whether they are health related, or cosmetic.

Dr. Leo Arellano is one of San Francisco’s premier progressive dentists. The doctor and his staff are noted for their exceptional service and the quality of the care they provide. The practice is focused on the health and wellbeing of the patients, and dedicated to helping them achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile through exceptional dental care. Call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment today.