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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Do Teeth Whitening Procedures Damage Teeth?

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Explaining about Teeth Whitening Procedure

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry. People want their smiles to look their best, which in turn not only gives them a more pleasing aesthetic appearance, but increases their self-esteem as well.

Teeth whitening is done in two ways – using at home trays over a period of time, or having the procedure done in the dental office in one visit. The take home tray method involves the patient placing the bleaching gel into the trays and placing them over their teeth for a given amount of time each day. In the in-office procedure, the dentist paints the special bleaching agent onto the patient’s teeth, and a special light is directed onto the teeth. Take home trays may also be given as part of this procedure for touch ups which may be needed a few weeks after the treatment.

While both procedures whiten teeth, the in-office treatment shows faster results because of the strength of the gel used. Both procedures essentially bleach the internal hard structures of the teeth to make them whiter.

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While many people do undergo teeth whitening treatments, there is also a question of whether these procedures are harmful to the teeth, and if they will damage them in any way. And the answer is, it depends on how long your teeth are exposed to the whitening agents, and how often the treatments are done. One of the most common side effects of teeth whitening is that the teeth become sensitive after bleaching. This is because prolonged exposure to the whitening agents can irritate the nerves of the teeth. With the in-office and at home bleaching treatments, if the whitening agent is not administered properly, it can irritate the gums and damage the soft tissue in your mouth. With the at home procedure, there’s a chance that some of the gel can be ingested and cause nausea or irritation.

As with any procedure, precautions should be taken and you should go to an experienced and efficient dental professional to have these procedures done.

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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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