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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Regular visits to the dentist is the key to a healthy mouth in the 94118 area

Regular visits to the dentist is the key to a healthy mouth

Many people think about visiting the dentist only when they have a problem with their teeth, mouth, or gums. However, regular dental visits, along with proper oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing are the key to keeping a mouth healthy and avoiding potential problems. Dentists are trained and experienced in treating a wide variety of oral health issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and more. Dr. Leo Arellano and his team are dedicated to providing expert dental care to patients in the 94118 area.

In this practice, Dr. Arellano and his team know that the best way to treat dental problems is to keep them from occurring. Patients who keep up with twice a year checkups are given valuable information and education about at-home oral health care. Additionally, the dental team examines the mouth to ensure that the patient’s at-home care is effective. If plaque or tartar is found on the teeth, it is removed during the professional cleaning portion of the visit. This is important because there are certain areas of the teeth that simply cannot be reached at home.

Also during your preventative checkups, Dr. Arellano will examine the mouth to check for any potential problems. Many oral health issues – such as cavities and gum disease – are easier to treat the sooner they are caught. If Dr. Arellano finds an issue, he will work with you to ensure it is treated. Patients’ concerns and opinions are always considered before a treatment plan is undertaken. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry; instead, patients are treated as individuals.

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

Recent studies have linked the health of the mouth to the health and overall wellness of the patient. Dr. Arellano is committed to making sure that each patient has the care and education they need to keep their mouths healthy and their smiles confident.

When you visit the office of Dr. Arellano, you can trust that you will receive the best level of care from everyone in his practice. From the moment you walk in the door, you will feel welcomed, respected, and comfortable. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the office today. 415-881-4343