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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Residents in the San Francisco, CA area ask, “What are the keys to preventing gum disease?”

Gum Disease treatment in San Francisco CA

Gum disease is an issue that we see on a daily basis. A chronic bacterial infection is reversible in its mildest form. Once it has advanced, it can cause irreparable damage inside the mouth and it can no longer be cured. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults. It can also lead to other serious non-oral health issues.

Good oral health, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits are crucial to preventing gum disease. With the proper knowledge, you can learn how to keep your mouth healthy.

Everyone has a certain amount of bacteria in their mouth. Every day when we brush, floss, and rinse our teeth, we are helping to remove these bacteria. When it is left alone, it can cause a plaque buildup on the teeth and inflammation of the gums. These symptoms are a mild form of gum disease known as gingivitis. The symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed during regular tooth brushing

Fortunately, when caught early, gingivitis can be treated by a professional deep cleaning and implementation of a proper oral hygiene routine at home.

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If the plaque is left to spread beneath the gum line, the gingivitis advances into periodontitis. At this point, the bacteria stimulate a response in the gums that begins breaking down the bone structure that holds the teeth in place. The gum will begin to pull away from the teeth, leaving deep pockets that are susceptible to infection. As the pockets become deeper, more and more of the tissue and bone becomes destroyed, ultimately leading to tooth loss or extraction.

Gum disease can be prevented through a few easy steps:

  • Brush at least twice each day, taking special care to clean all sides of the teeth
  • Floss at least once per day
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Visit with your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings

With proper care and nutrition, gum disease is one of the most preventable oral health issues. If you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, it is important to call us as soon as possible for an evaluation.

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Fractured front tooth immediately after being repaired with bonding composite.

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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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