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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Effective treatments for gum disease near Daly City

Gum Disease treatment from Daly City dentist

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is infection in the supporting structures around the teeth. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, it is the primary cause of adult tooth loss today. Many people are unaware they have gum disease because it is essentially painless. Some of the early signs of gum disease include tender, swollen red gums that frequently bleed when brushing, persistent bad taste, bad breath, or gums loosening from teeth. It is crucial that patients see Dr. Arellano as soon as possible if they suspect they may have gum disease. Early diagnosis allows a more conservative treatment. Dr. Arellano offers a range of treatments including:

  • Scaling and root planing – An instrument called a dental scaler or curette is used to remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Once this has been completed, the area that was scraped may be rather rough, the area is then planed, which smooths it out. This facilitates healing and helps the gums reattach to the teeth. The smoothness helps prevent plaque from clinging to the surface.
  • Gum surgery – This procedure involves lifting the gum tissue and removing the tartar. Then, the gum tissue is trimmed and placed to fit tightly around the tooth. This reduces the space (pockets) between the teeth and gums, so it decreases the area where bacteria-laden plaque can accumulate.
  • Ozone therapy – Due to its immunostimulating and antimicrobial properties, ozone has beneficial biological effects, including disinfectant and anti-inflammatory actions.
  • Laser gum treatment (LANAP) – This treatment can remove the bacteria and infection below the gumline without affecting the healthy tissue. Additionally, LANAP facilitates bone and connective tissue formation between the gums and teeth, minimizing the risk of the infection reoccurring.
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Numerous studies have found a link between gum disease and systemic conditions such as kidney disease, orthopedic implant failure, diabetes, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s disease, poor fetal development, and cancer. Effective treatment is essential to oral and overall health.

Dr. Leo Arellano and his team provide a wide range of preventive and restorative services to ensure optimal oral health for people in San Francisco, Daly City, and beyond. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.