Our community has been through a lot due to the ongoing pandemic, 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.

Upon the emergence of COVID-19, here are some additional measures we take 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.

Dr. Leo Arellano

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Treatment of gum disease in San Francisco for area residents

Treatment of gum disease from San Francisco dentist

As a dentist, one of our biggest concerns is seeing the development of gum disease in the mouth of one of our patients. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can affect patients for a variety of reasons, but is most often due to ineffective oral hygiene. If you do not brush, floss, or visit with the dentist regularly, you are putting yourself at risk for developing gum disease. For patients who do develop the condition, Dr. Arellano and his team offer a variety of treatments at their San Francisco office.

Gum disease treatment depends entirely on the stage of the condition when it is diagnosed. In its earliest stage, called gingivitis, treatment is usually a professional deep cleaning followed by a strict at-home oral health care regimen. Symptoms of gingivitis include bleeding during brushing or inflamed red gums.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it will advance into periodontitis. At this point, gum disease is no longer considered curable, although it can be controlled. Periodontitis can cause the gums to separate from the teeth, deterioration of the bone structure, and loose teeth that are susceptible to falling out or requiring extraction. Gum disease is one of the most common reasons that adults lose their teeth.

There are a few treatments available for gum disease depending on when it is diagnosed. For patients with gingivitis, a procedure called scaling and root planning is used to remove the hardened buildup from the teeth and around the gum line. Antibiotics may also be necessary to prevent or treat any infections.

Periodontitis may require surgical treatment to remove plaque deep below the gum line. Bone and gum grafts may also be required to restore damaged structure. The use of laser gum treatment may also be appropriate.

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The best way to prevent gum disease is by taking care of your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, if not after every meal, and floss at least once each day. Antibacterial mouthwashes can also be helpful in preventing bacteria buildup. It is also important to stay current on your dental checkups. In addition to professional cleanings which remove plaque and tartar that brushing alone does not completely remove, your dentist will check the health of your teeth and gums. This ensures that any potential problems are caught early when they are most easily treated.

Call our office today at 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment for a checkup; it’s never too late to take control of your oral health.

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