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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San Francisco preventive dental care for adults may include sealants

preventive dental care for adults may include sealants

Dental sealants are safe plastic materials that are used on the chewing surfaces of back teeth as a barrier against cavities. Although most people think that dental sealants are only for children, many San Francisco adults can benefit from this treatment as well. Those exhibiting deep fissures and grooves in their premolars and molars have a high risk of developing cavities. Treating these teeth with dental sealants can significantly reduce that risk.

Why seal the teeth at the back of the mouth?

Molars and premolars have deep grooves (fissures) and depressions (pits), and more than 80 percent of cavities begin there. This is where most chewing takes place, which gives them the greatest contact with food and the resultant residue. The natural valleys and hollows are difficult to clean effectively because the bristles on toothbrushes bend and they are too large to fit in the narrow fissures. There is less saliva flow over the molars, to clean them of plaque naturally. Additionally the tooth enamel is generally thinner in this area making it more vulnerable to bacteria.

How are sealants applied?

The process is quick, and essentially painless. Each tooth to be sealed is cleaned and a solution applied to kill any existing bacteria and prepare the surface for tight adhesion. The tooth is dried thoroughly and material may be packed around it to keep it dry. The sealant is applied to the surface of the tooth to flow into the fissures and pits, effectively sealing them. A curing light may be used to harden it. The bite is checked to ensure there is no interference in the way the teeth meet.

Are dental sealants effective?

The thin plastic film bonds to the surfaces of the teeth acting as a physical barrier to bacteria. They provide 100 percent protection in the areas they are applied as long as they remain tightly adhered to the teeth. Additionally, trials have found that they can prevent the progression of slight decay when applied in the early stages. The sealant blocks the nutrient supply to the bacteria causing the decay. The sealant remains effective unless the bond between it and the teeth is broken. Dental sealants can last for several years and they can easily be replaced as necessary.

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

Dr. Leo Arellano and his outstanding team of dental professionals are dedicated to preventing dental issues and providing conservative but effective treatment for problems that do arise. Many residents of San Francisco and across the Bay Area enjoy optimal oral health thanks to the doctor and his team. Call 415-881-4343 today to schedule an appointment.