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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Why are Veneers so Popular?


When thinking about ways to make your smile brighter and healthier looking, doing research on the different procedures and treatments is very important. One of these is called veneers. Porcelain veneers have become the most popular way to improve the look of your smile. Veneers are simply porcelain laminates that are bonded to the surface of your teeth by using special dental cement.

It has been shown that with proper oral hygiene and protection from stressful biting forces, porcelain veneers can last 10 years or more. They are typically used to repair chipped teeth, whiten discolored teeth, even improve the look of misshapen teeth and fix gaps between them. Having veneers placed on your teeth requires very little tooth preparation and the look after the procedure is a natural looking and whiter smile.

It usually takes a few visits to the dentist to prep your teeth, place temporary veneers and have the final veneers created by a specially trained dental technician. While you are wearing the temporary veneers it allows you to get used to your new bite while you wait the couple of weeks for your final veneers to be completed.

Once you have your new smile, you treat your new veneers much like your natural teeth which means also avoiding extremes of temperatures, chewing ice and bones, biting fingernails, and using your teeth as tools. Any habit that can damage your natural teeth will damage your veneers. So taking care of your teeth should be important, and you should check with your dentist to make sure you are using the most effective oral hygiene regimen. Regular visits to your dentist will help ensure that your new smile will last for years to come.

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Veneers not only help with the appearance of the teeth but they also help protect the health of the teeth. They also help with treating the thinning of the tooth’s enamel. But before doing the veneers, it is important to find out the reason for the thinning enamel. If the reason isn’t found and solved, veneers wouldn’t last as long as they could, especially if the thinning enamel is caused by acid reflux or an eating disorder such as bulimia.

Once the underlying issue is resolved, either by using special rinses, or in the case of grinding, a special teeth protector, your brilliant new smile will have better long term success. With the availability of this newer, easier, and more cost effective procedure, veneers will only grow in popularity as a way to give you a healthy smile.

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We’ve gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he’s done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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