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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People in San Francisco can brighten their smiles with teeth bleaching

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Providing Teeth Bleaching

It isn’t surprising that teeth whitening, also called bleaching, is the most commonly requested cosmetic dental treatment in San Francisco and across the nation. Psychologists have found that opinions of people’s character are formed within seconds of a first meeting, based solely on appearance.

Since a smile is usually the first thing noticed, and the last thing forgotten when interacting with others, many people begin with their smiles when working on their image. Small steps can make a big difference, and teeth whitening is an accessible, affordable, and effective way to improve a smile. To determine how effective whitening treatments will be, and to maintain the results after treatment, it is helpful to understand the most common causes of discoloration:

  • Foods and beverages – Berries, cherries, richly colored sauces, and artificially colored foods, among others, will cause staining as will beverages such as fruit juice, cola, coffee, tea, and wine.
  • Tobacco – Both smokeless and smoking tobacco can turn the teeth yellowish or brown.
  • Poor oral care – Failing to brush and floss effectively leaves staining agents on the teeth where they will become embedded in the pores in the tooth enamel.
  • Medications – Antidepressants, antihistamines, and high blood pressure medications can cause intrinsic (internal) discoloration. Tetracycline use by a mother during the later stages of pregnancy can discolor the baby’s teeth. Additionally the use of doxycycline or tetracycline before the age of eight can cause discoloration of the adult teeth. Intrinsic discoloration is less responsive to whitening treatments.
  • Dental work – Silver amalgam can cause a black or gray cast to teeth.
  • Age – Through the years, the enamel wears thin on the teeth, allowing the yellowish dentin to show through the enamel.
  • Medical treatments – Head or neck radiation and chemotherapy can cause the teeth to darken.
  • Genetics – Heredity affects the natural color of the enamel, with some individuals having thicker or whiter enamel than others do.
  • Fluoride – Excessive use of fluoride rinses, supplements, toothpastes, treatments, or a high fluoride level in drinking water can cause discoloration.
  • Injury – Trauma to a tooth due to injury can darken the tooth if the nerve is damaged.
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Arellano will perform an oral examination and discuss possible causes of the discoloration to determine the best option to brighten a patient’s smile. If the discoloration is a type that will not respond to whitening, the doctor will explain alternative option to put sparkle in the smile. Call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment today.

Real Patients Real Results

Before and After Photos

Fractured front tooth and large space repaired and filled in with composite bonding in one appointment

Photo by Dr. Leo Arellano

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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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