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 understands the importance of gum disease prevention

Gum Disease Prevention from Daly City dentist

Gum disease is a chronic infection and inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues. It develops when plaque, a bacteria-laden biofilm is allowed to build up around the teeth. The condition has been closely associated with a number of serious health conditions.

Dr. Leo Arellano and his highly trained team help people from Daly City and across the Bay Area understand the risk factors, symptoms, complications, and treatment of this disease to emphasize the importance of prevention.

Risks

A number of factors can put some people at higher risk for developing gum disease, making dental diligence even more important.

  • Ineffective oral hygiene practices
  • Hormonal changes during times such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or andropause, can increase the risk for gum disease
  • Diabetes increases the risks of infections, including gum disease
  • Smoking is a significant risk factor for gum disease and it also decreases the success of treatment
  • Conditions such as AIDS, cancer, and other diseases, as well as their treatments, can make the gums more vulnerable to infection
  • Genetic susceptibility makes some families prone to developing gum disease

Symptoms

Anyone who exhibits any of these symptoms should schedule a dental appointment right away:

  • Receding gums
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Red, tender, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Sensitive or loose teeth
  • Painful chewing

Complications

Just some of the complications that are associated with gum disease include:

  • Tooth, gum, and bone loss
  • Heart disease
  • Difficulty controlling diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory problems
  • Stroke
  • Low birth weight, premature babies
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Treatment

Depending on the extent of the disease, treatment can range from a thorough professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene practices to laser treatments, and in some cases, gum surgery.

Prevention

Dr. Leo Arellano and his team believe that prevention is the best dental treatment and offer the following tips to help patients avoid developing this serious oral disease:

  • Limit sugary foods and beverages, and when they are consumed, brush or at least rinse afterwards
  • Do not use smoking or smokeless tobacco
  • Brush at least twice a day, preferably, brush or at least rinse after every meal or snack
  • Floss every day, this step is too important to miss
  • Maintain regular dental checkups

To schedule an appointment with the dental team who is dedicated to the prevention of dental problems in Daly City and the surrounding communities, call 415-881-4343 today.