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 Treatment from San Francisco dentist

Recent scientific discoveries have indicated a connection between periodontal disease and other major health concerns, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and even orthopedic implant failure. It is in the best interest of every patient to maintain an optimum state of oral health. There are steps that can be taken to prevent or control oral disease:

  • Diet – Reduce the frequency and amount of sugar consumption. Sugary foods should be restricted to mealtime and followed by careful brushing. Water and milk should be emphasized, as the sugar and acid in fruit juice can cause enamel erosion.
  • Smoking – Research results released in 2000 indicated that tobacco might play a significant role in over 50% of patients suffering from periodontal disease. Quitting smoking is one of the most significant things patients can do to prevent periodontal disease and other major health conditions.
  • Water – Saliva is crucial for diluting the toxins generated by plaque. Increased water intake will result in improved saliva flow, especially important for seniors, as saliva diminishes with age.
  • Fluoride – Children’s fluoride treatments and adult’s use of fluoride toothpaste is credited with much of the decline in instances of oral disease.
  • Examinations – A comprehensive oral examination by a dentist should be conducted twice a year to reveal any problems. Periodontal disease, in the early reversible stage, can be diagnosed by a dentist before the patient realizes there is a problem.
  • Hygiene – Everyone’s first defense against oral disease is excellent oral hygiene practices. Teeth should be brushed for a minimum of two minutes, cleaning every surface of each tooth. Dental floss or another interdental device should be used to clean between teeth at least once a day. The mouth should be rinsed twice a day with an antibacterial mouthwash, such as Listerine.
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Leo Arellano has extensive advanced education, including preventive dentistry and whole health dentistry among other advanced techniques. The first step in the prevention of oral disease is to call 415-881-4343 or stop by 3030 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA and schedule a consultation with Dr. Arellano and his superb dental team.