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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San Francisco dentist explains why proper care of removable bridges is essential to oral health

Removable Bridges from San Francisco dentist

Removable bridges, commonly called removable partial dentures, may be recommended for patients who are missing several, but not all, of their teeth. Typically, they are made of a metal framework with gum colored plastic and replacement teeth. Partial dentures connect to the existing teeth for support. They can be a less expensive option, but they require a skilled dentist, such as Dr. Leo Arellano in San Francisco, who can create a precision design for a secure fit. They also require effective care by the patient to prevent plaque buildup on the teeth they are anchored to.

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Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo found that people wearing removable partial dentures might be at a higher risk for development of periodontal disease and tooth decay due to biofilm formation. A survey by Kelton for GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) found that 36 percent of partial denture wearers did not do anything different with their oral hygiene practices after receiving their denture, and 79 percent said they are better informed about taking care of their natural teeth than they are about caring for their partial.

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Partial denture care

San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano, offers the following instructions for caring for partial dentures:

  • Rinse – After eating, remove your partial denture and rinse under tepid running water to remove food debris.
  • Brush – Brush natural teeth with a soft bristled brush. Clean the palate and tongue with a brush or soft gauze.
  • Clean – Scrub the partial at least once a day. Use a denture brush and denture cleaner or mild dishwashing liquid to scrub the denture gently. Do not use a stiff bristled brush or abrasive toothpaste as it can damage the denture.
  • Handle with care – Work over a towel or basin of water to prevent damage in case the denture is dropped. Be careful not to bend the denture or clasps when handling it.
  • Soak – Partial dentures should be soaked in water overnight to prevent them from drying out.
  • Checkups – Regular dental checkups are essential to maintain oral health and to ensure the partial denture and anchor teeth are in good condition.

Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leo Arellano and his talented team. They keep San Francisco smiling beautifully with exceptional care and patient education.

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Highly recommend Dr Arellano’s practice.
Dr. Arellano and his staffs are pros and with long experience. It’s your true dentist next door. You can see from pictures hanged on the walk that most, if not all, of his staffs have been working with him for ages. It speaks for itself for how well Arellano DDS PC is!

Have been patronizing this place for many years. Back then I used to live in the same neighborhood. Their service is so good that even after I moved to a new neighborhood that’s super far away from here I still continue to come here for all my dental care.

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