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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Daly City dentist explains the symptoms and treatments for TMD

TMD can be caused by an injury such as trauma to the face, or it can be caused from habits or health issues such as stress, clenching or grinding the teeth

Many patients in Daly City have noticed some soreness or a popping sound in their jaws. This can be especially noticeable after eating something that is difficult to chew or opening the mouth very wide. Sometimes the discomfort is mild, goes away quickly, and is not cause for alarm. Other times, however, the pain can be severe, last for many days, or begin to affect other areas of the head, face, or neck.

Understanding why they are feeling this pain is the first step to feeling better. The lower jaw is attached to the head by temporomandibular joints – or TMJs. These joints allow the mouth to open and close and move from side to side so that patients can chew and speak. When the TMJs are working appropriately with the muscles and tissues in the face, they don’t even notice this joint or its activities. However, when something is out of alignment, it can bring much attention to the joints. This condition is commonly called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

TMD can be caused by an injury such as trauma to the face, or it can be caused from habits or health issues such as stress, clenching or grinding the teeth (many people do this subconsciously or even in their sleep), arthritis, frequently chewing gum, or a misalignment of the jaw. Generally, patients who are impacted by TMD feel pain in the joints of the jaw, or their head, face, neck, or shoulders. Patients may also feel that their ability to open and close the jaw is limited, may hear a clicking or popping noise, or may have unexplained headaches and ear pain.

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Because the symptoms of TMD can vary greatly from person to person, it is often misdiagnosed or can cause patients to think they have no problem at all. However, Dr. Leo Arellano is skilled at not only diagnosing but properly correcting TMD issues. While pain medication can mask the discomfort, it can’t actually heal the disorder. After examining the mouth and making a diagnosis, Dr. Arellano will recommend a treatment plan that could include any of the following:

  • Instruction to change behavior or habits that irritate the jaw
  • Use of cold packs for pain and discomfort
  • Stretching exercises
  • Addressing bite alignment issues with orthodontic treatment
  • Wearing a dental appliance that will properly align the jaw to prevent clenching or grinding the teeth.

Those who suspect that they have TMD can call Dr. Arellano’s office today to schedule an appointment. Once the diagnosis is complete they can be on the path to feeling better.

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I’m happy to wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Leo Arellano. Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since the late 1980s, shortly after he established his practice, and I have relied on his expertise since then. He is an exceptionally skilled and caring dentist. Everyone who is part of his team represents the practice with a very high degree of professionalism and sincerity.

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