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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Benefitting your entire body

Dental Care Benefitting your entire body

There are several hundred species of bacteria living in each person’s mouth. Most are not harmful; however, the few that are, do cause quite a disturbance. Dentists and hygienists have long battled the effects of bacteria in patients through regular cleanings and exams; and sometimes more aggressive treatments when tooth decay, gingivitis or advanced gum disease has set in. Now we are finding that oral health is supported and maintained with good bacteria. This makes perfect sense when you consider this is the way nature intended the body to work.

If our bodies were made to handle the bacteria that float around, then why are these tiny creatures suddenly causing so many problems? Largely, the problems in the mouth and body come from diet. The regular consumption of processed carbohydrates and other high sugar foods throws off the balance of oral bacteria, resulting in lactic acid build up. This acid erodes the protective enamel on teeth and can even cause more significant issues when it reaches the inner dentin of the tooth.

It has been discovered in recent years that bacteria in the mouth not only adversely affect the immediate area by causing tooth decay and gum disease, but they also spread to reach other organs in the body. When harmful bacteria in the mouth are not brought under control, there is the potential for health complications that include:

  • Difficulty in controlling blood glucose levels and diabetes
  • Higher risk of upper respiratory infections
  • Chronic halitosis
  • Higher risk of heart disease and stroke

Brushing and flossing regularly, up until now, has been the best course of action dentists could offer their patients. Today, there is a completely natural approach that Dr. Arellano is happy to recommend to patients who want to improve their oral health, EvoraPlus®.

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An oral probiotic mint that melts on the tongue, EvoraPlus® contains a blend of beneficial bacteria that crowd out the bad bacteria that cause bad breath. Good bacteria actually bind to the teeth and get deep beneath the gum line where brushing and flossing cannot reach. In these hiding places, they inhibit harmful bacteria from overpopulating and causing an unhealthy state of imbalance.

To learn more about how oral probiotics may benefit your health, speak with Dr. Arellano during your next check-up.