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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How the Pinhole Surgical Technique® can help San Francisco residents suffering from gum infections.

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If you’ve noticed some bleeding when brushing your teeth, you’re not alone. Many people believe that a little bit of “pink in the sink” is a normal part of brushing or an indication that they brushed with too much pressure. However, bleeding gums is never normal and is often an indication of an infection within the gums. If you’ve noticed bleeding or other signs of gum disease such as red or inflamed gums or bad breath, you could have a mild form of gum disease.

Understanding gum disease

Many patients believe that brushing and flossing are important steps to preventing cavities. However, removing food particles and dental plaque from the teeth is also important to ensuring the health of your gums as well. When those particles are left on the teeth, they can cause bacteria to grow under the gum line. This can lead to irreversible damage within the mouth if not treated early. There are two stages of gum disease.

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. When caught in this stage, gum disease can be treated with professional dental cleaning and better oral hygiene habits at home.

Periodontitis occurs when the gum disease progresses. The plaque that remains on the teeth forms tartar, which can cause the gums to swell. Over time, the gums will separate from the teeth, creating pockets where the infection can grow. The risks of periodontitis include the infection spreading to the bone and tissue, recession of the gums, or causing teeth to become loose, shift, or be damaged.

Treating gum disease

Treatment for advanced gum disease often involves surgery, and once the infection is addressed the patient must also address some of the damage such as a recessed gum line. To rebuild the gum line Dr. Leo Arellano of San Francisco performs an advanced treatment using the pinhole gum surgery technique. This procedure is far less invasive and has less recovery time than traditional methods.

Keeping your gums healthy is an important part of ensuring dental health. For more information about addressing the effects of gum disease with the Pinhole Surgical Technique call the office of Dr. Leo Arellano today.

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