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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Preventative dental care services available from our dentist in San Francisco, CA

Preventative Dental Care Services Available in San Francisco Ca Area

A healthy smile starts at the dentist but continues at home every day. Dr. Leo Arellano in San Francisco, CA is here to help patients improve their oral health with preventive dental care services. With a wide range of treatments and procedures available, men and women in the area can achieve and maintain a healthy smile.

What preventative dental care services are available?

Dr. Leo Arellano is proud to offer a broad selection of treatment options for patients who are interested in maintaining a healthy smile. Below are just a few of the services available:

  • Dental cleanings. While brushing and flossing at home can improve oral health, sometimes there are areas that may be hard to reach or difficult to get clean. When patients visit us for a dental cleaning, they are under the care of one of our experienced dental hygienists who can ensure a thorough cleaning. A dental cleaning is done to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. At the same time, these cleanings allow the dental hygienist to look for signs of problems such as decay or disease.
  • Examinations. A dental exam is a great time for patients to speak to their dentist about their oral health care needs. An examination may include a physical evaluation of the teeth and gums, as well as x-rays, to get images of the bone and teeth. Examinations provide a time for Dr. Leo Arellano to assess the health of the smile and decide if any specific interventions need to begin. During an examination, periodontal disease, tooth decay, or infection can be found, diagnosed, and treated.
  • Fillings. If food particles, sugars, and acids are allowed on the natural tooth enamel for an extended period, patients may be allowing problems to develop. Acids can break down tooth enamel and result in holes called “cavities.” This is tooth decay that can significantly impact the health of a tooth if left undiagnosed and untreated. Dr. Leo Arellano can treat tooth decay with fillings. This is completed by using a material known as composite resin that is placed into the area of decay to seal the tooth. Dr. Leo Arellano focuses on the use of holistic and biocompatible materials.
  • Treatment of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that starts in the mouth. Also known as gum disease, it is often characterized by swelling, redness, and bleeding of the gum tissues. Without treatment, the condition can worsen and can result in the loss of bone, gums, or teeth. If periodontal disease has been diagnosed, it is vital that patients undergo treatment. This may include a thorough deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing, or the use of antibiotics to address the bacteria and control the infection. The stage at which the condition has reached will determine the treatment recommended by Dr. Leo Arellano. The most conservative treatment is often the first choice.
  • Restorative care. If conditions such as periodontal disease or tooth decay have impacted the smile, Dr. Leo Arellano will provide restorative care once the condition has been addressed. Sometimes, this means the placement of a dental implant, bridge, or denture if patients lost natural teeth. Other times this may include gum recontouring treatment after the loss of gum tissue from periodontal disease. The damage that is caused to the teeth, gums, and bone due to poor oral health can often be restored, though restorative dental care can be costly. It is best for patients to pay close attention to their oral health and maintain a healthy smile, rather than let problems start and result in extensive damage.
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Schedule a visit with Dr. Leo Arellano

Taking care of the smile can be achieved with preventative dental care services with our dentist in San Francisco, CA. Call Dr. Leo Arellano and his team at 415-881-4343 and start taking charge of your oral health and wellness. Our holistic practice is dedicated to helping others improve the health of their smiles and enjoy beautiful teeth and gums for a lifetime!

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A missing lower front tooth replaced by a fixed all-ceramic bonded bridge. (a removable stayplate)

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Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since 1989 and I believe he is the best of the best! I have experienced many uncomfortable dental procedures in the past, many due to painful injections. Dr. Arellano has excellent technique in anesthetizing that results in painless injections. He truly cares about his patients and his work. His staff, especially Mei, is extraordinary and will go above and beyond to work in appointments, assist in resolving payment/insurance issues, referrals, etc. Dr. Arellano and his team have always provided excellent care and service over the years. I highly recommend him for your dental care.

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