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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Veneers in San Francisco benefit can enhance beauty and oral health

Veneers in San Francisco benefit can enhance beauty and oral health

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular and transformative cosmetic treatments available in San Francisco. The principal purpose of veneers is to cover aesthetic issues such as discoloration, chips, and cracks. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the front surfaces of the teeth.

Porcelain is ceramic fired at such a high temperature that it develops a glass-like structure. The properties of this material include strength, durability, hardness, translucency, whiteness, light refraction, and resistance to stains and temperature changes. Porcelain mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel, making porcelain veneers ideal for creating beautiful, natural looking smiles.

Instant Orthodontics

Many people don’t realize that there are other benefits to porcelain veneers above and beyond their beauty. Veneers are frequently called “instant orthodontics” because they can accomplish the following:

  • Lengthen short teeth
  • Widen narrow teeth
  • Straighten crooked teeth
  • Improve misshapen teeth
  • Strengthen weak teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth

By correcting problems such as those listed above, a uniform smile is created and the bite can be improved. An improved bite can relieve abnormal pressure on the jaw joints, potentially avoiding jaw and face pain, earaches, and headaches.

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A Healthier Mouth

Efficient oral hygiene practices will be easier, reducing the risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease. When the bacteria are not removed from teeth, they increase and can result in periodontal disease. In the early stages (gingivitis), the gums will redden, become inflamed, and bleed when the teeth are brushed or flossed. If not treated, gingivitis will advance to periodontitis. This severe form of periodontal disease can cause the loss of gum tissue, bone, and over time, teeth.

Additionally, doctors have found that people who have enhanced their smiles are inclined to practice better hygiene routines at home and visit their dentist regularly. When patients love their smiles and enjoy having a healthy mouth, they maintain better dental care.


Many people who are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles have a tendency to refrain from smiling. When they transform their smiles with porcelain veneers, they begin to smile proudly. Smiles have excellent health benefits. The body releases serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine during a smile. These neurotransmitters send “feel good” signals throughout the body, lowering heart rate and blood pressure as well as facilitating relaxation. San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano, is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of his patients. The doctor and his talented team love what they can do for their patients. Call 415-881-4343 to ask about a complimentary

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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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