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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Good oral care is more important than many may think

Good oral care is more important

According to reports, approximately 75% of all American adults have signs of periodontal (gum) disease. Nearly 30% exhibit signs of periodontitis, the severe form of the disease. There is reason to believe that oral health may have a significant impact on overall health. Recently, scientists have released literature suggesting a prevalent association between periodontal disease and other major health concerns.

Studies have indicated three possible ways overall health may be affected by oral disease:

  • First, the saliva contains the bacteria and inflammatory agents (cytokines) from the gums; micro-droplets of bacteria and cytokine-laden saliva can be inhaled into the lungs. This has the potential to cause lung inflammation and infection as well as pneumonia. This can be serious for those with impaired immune systems due to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), as well as seniors.
  • Second, the bacteria can travel through the gums to the bloodstream to other major organs in the body. This can result in secondary infections and worsen existing diseases.
  • Third, the inflammation from oral disease can trigger an inflammatory reaction by the body, aggravating other inflammation related conditions. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and orthopedic implant failure are only a few of the conditions that can be affected.

Studies are being conducted throughout the world to increase the understanding of how these underlying biological processes result in an oral systemic connection and the effects of oral health on overall health.

We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

A growing partnership is developing between dentists and doctors as the connection between oral and overall health is clearly revealed. The dentist’s role in overall health is crucial, as signs of serious conditions, including eating disorders, diabetes, and cancer may first manifest in the mouth. Additionally, more doctors are screening their patients for oral disease and referring them to a dentist when appropriate. This dental and medical partnership can result in a new era of an overall improvement in the health, wellbeing, and longevity of patients.

Maintaining excellent oral care requires more than a good oral hygiene routine, at home. Regular dental visits that include a professional cleaning is crucial as well. Dr. Leo Arellano is noted in San Francisco for his elevated standards of excellence and patient-focused dentistry. A consultation with a dedicated dentist and skilled dental team can be scheduled at 3030 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA, or call 415-881-4343.