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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Daly City area dentist explains risk factors for gum disease

Gum Disease treatment in Daly City

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is inflammation of the gingival (gum) tissue that, if left untreated, can affect the bone and tissues that support the teeth. It is estimated that 75 percent of adults in Daly City, and across the nation, have some stage of gum disease. Some of the factors that increase the risk for gum disease include:

  • Poor oral hygiene – Lack of effective oral hygiene practices allows plaque formation and buildup of harmful bacteria.
  • Diet – The disease causing bacteria thrive on acidic and sugary foods.
  • Tooth or restoration abnormalities – Poor contours create traps for bacteria and debris.
  • Wisdom teeth – These teeth are located at the very back of the mouth, making them extremely difficult to clean properly. Patients who have their wisdom teeth should be checked regularly for periodontal disease.
  • Hormones – Women are especially susceptible to gum disease due to fluctuation in hormone levels during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Additionally, some oral contraceptives increase the risk of this disease.
  • Genetics – Studies have found that heredity plays a role in the development of gum disease. Children are 12 times more likely to have the disease causing bacteria if their parents have periodontitis.
  • Tobacco use – Studies have indicated that nicotine reduces oxygen in the gingival tissue, increasing inflammation and triggering over production of cytokines, which can be harmful to tissue and cells when present in excessive amounts.
  • Medical conditions – Diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, herpes, HIV, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, tuberculosis, and more, can increase the risk of gum disease significantly.
  • Medications – Over 20 different drugs, including Dilantin, cyclosporine, and Procardia can facilitate the development of gingival overgrowth.
  • Vitamin deficiencies – Deficiencies of certain vitamins, especially vitamin C, can increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Gum inflammation – Stress, alcohol abuse, canker sores, mouth breathing, and more can cause gum inflammation, which has been associated with gum disease.
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Uncontrolled gum disease can ultimately lead to the loss of teeth and bone. Additionally, studies have found an association between gum disease and serious medical conditions including heart attack and stroke. Patients can help protect their oral and overall health by practicing effective oral hygiene and visiting their dentist regularly. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Arellano today.