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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Why Is A Comprehensive “Holistic” Approach To Dental Care Important?

The best way to be free of dental problems is to take a “holistic” approach that not only gets to the root of the problems, but also finds the best solutions and materials to prevent the problems from occurring again. Quick fixes are only a bandage that does not address why the problems occurred in the first place. 

What Needs To Be Considered For A Comprehensive “Holistic” Approach?

It is important to know where you have been, where you are now, and an honest assessment about where you want to go and what you are willing to do about your dental health. Once we know this, it becomes easy to recommend the appropriate treatment. The better you know where you want to go, the easier it is for us to help you get there. This is why our mission is “To help patients become healthier.”

What Is Dental Health?

We realize that dental health is not a single end point but a spectrum. Where you are now may be different at different times in your life, but it can change. You can always be healthier. 

What Are the Major Causes of Dental Problems?

Of the three primary reasons why you might lose your teeth – tooth decay, gum disease, and bite problems – the first two are caused by bacteria that we call dental plaque. There are many ways of controlling plaque, but what works best for you can be determined with the help of your dentist. Bite problems are caused by abnormal physical stress on the teeth. A plan that incorporates plaque and stress control will ensure keeping your teeth for a lifetime. 

What Dental Materials Are Considered Safe?

Although all accepted dental materials have been researched and tested to be generally safe, we realize that what might be right for one person may not be right for another. Given the risks, benefits, and alternatives, we feel that a person is able to choose the best materials for themselves. 

Real Patients Real Results

Before and After Photos

Commonly small upper lateral incisors are conservatively made larger with no-prep porcelain veneers.

Photo by Dr. Leo Arellano

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What our patients are saying...

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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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