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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Maintaining optimal oral health requires more than just daily brushing. Certain steps should be followed and techniques used to keep a mouth and smile healthy for a lifetime.

Patients should understand their individual oral care needs

Patients should tell the doctor about any existing medical conditions, and the medications and supplements they are currently taking. Factors such as heart disease, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer, and the treatments for these conditions can necessitate specific changes in oral care. Existing patients should discuss any changes in their health or medications since their last dental visit.

Develop a daily oral care plan and follow it carefully

Dr. Arellano and his team can help patients design an easy to follow daily oral care routine based on their medical history and unique needs. For example, diabetes or pregnancy can increase the risk for periodontal disease. Specific preventive treatments, antibacterial mouthwash, or more frequent dental checkups may be recommended.

Use the right toothbrush and techniques

The teeth should be brushed at least twice each day, but brushing after every meal and after snacks is a healthier, more proactive approach. The toothbrush should have a head that fits the mouth comfortably and is small enough to reach the very back areas of the mouth. The bristles should be soft to prevent abrading the gingival (gum) tissue and tooth enamel.

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The brush should be held at an angle with the bristles pointing at the gumline. The chewing surface, outside, and inside of each tooth should be brushed gently. It is recommended to work from one side to the other of the upper arch and then repeat for the lower arch to ensure every tooth is cleaned. An electric toothbrush may make brushing easier for those with dexterity problems such as arthritis. The tongue should also be brushed or cleaned with a tongue scraper.

Floss every day – don’t skip this crucial step

It is not possible to clean between the teeth with a toothbrush. If the teeth are not flossed, the area that traps the most food debris and plaque are missed, so periodontal disease and cavities can develop quickly. The doctor or hygienist can demonstrate proper flossing techniques and recommend flossing aids to make the task easier.

Maintain regular dental visits

Even with the best oral hygiene routines, plaque and tartar can build up in hard to reach areas of the mouth. Professional cleaning can address these areas before they cause issues. Regular dental exams can catch any problems while they are small so they can be easily treated. If problems such as swollen gums, loose teeth, sensitivity, or changes in bite develop, a dental appointment should be scheduled promptly.

Dr. Arellano and his team work with patients to help them learn to be advocates for their own optimal oral health. Call 415-881-4343, or stop by our office, located at 3030 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118, and schedule an appointment today.