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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Gum disease prevention tips for patients near San Francisco, CA

Gum Disease Prevention Near San Francisco dentist

Gum disease is a serious, but common, issue. Dr. Leo Arellano of Leo Arellano DDS PC, CA, works hard to educate his patients about good oral hygiene in order to avoid the effects of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Once it develops, gum disease can cause serious problems for a patient’s mouth by, causing damage to the teeth, bone, and gums.

Gum disease begins as gingivitis. Because so many patients have heard of gingivitis they think it’s harmless when their gums bleed during teeth brushing or flossing, or they don’t notice that their gums are red and inflamed. However, those who notice these symptoms, should make an appointment with Dr. Arellano as quickly as possible. At this point, gum disease is fairly easy to treat and reverse. Following a proper diagnosis, patients will likely undergo a professional, deep cleaning to eliminate the bacterial, plaque, and tartar from above and below the gum line. This treatment ensures that the gum disease does not progress any further.

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Left untreated gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease which causes even greater damage to the gum and the bone surrounding the teeth. The gums will begin to pull away from the teeth and the bone can become damaged. This can lead to the tooth becoming loose, or even falling out. If the disease progresses treatment can become more complex. This could include deep cleaning, antibiotics, or even surgery. Dr. Arellano will perform an examination and recommend the necessary treatments to bring the mouth back to good health.

Of course, the best way to deal with gum disease is to never develop it at all. Gum disease can be prevented by ensuring proper and thorough brushing and flossing. In addition, patients should keep up with regular dental visits to ensure that their at-home care practices are effective, and so potential issues can be spotted and treated before they develop into larger problems.

Those experiencing any of the signs of gum disease should call the office of Leo Arellano DDS PC today to schedule an appointment. Proper diagnosis, followed by treatment is the best way to prevent gum disease progression and irreversible damage.