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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San Francisco dentist explains the importance of professional teeth cleaning and check ups

dentist explains the importance of professional teeth cleaning and check ups

When choosing a dentist, many patients focus on the dental problems that can be fixed or corrected. From restorative care such as cavity fillings, root canals, or reversing gum disease to cosmetic dental care like teeth whitening, veneers, and cosmetic bonding, many patients are impressed to see before and after photos in a dentist’s portfolio. Patients actively search for dentists who are educated, experienced, and who provide gentle care.

While this type of care is important, it’s also critical not to lose focus on the care that can prevent these problems from occurring in the first place. Preventative dental care requires attention from both the patient and the dentist. However, it’s much easier to prevent a dental problem than it is to fix one.

Trusted dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano knows that preventative care is critical to both oral health and to a patient’s overall health and wellness, and he is committed to providing care that will benefit the patient’s entire body. Here, Dr. Arellano explains how patients can be sure they’re keeping their mouth in top shape.

  • Brush and floss every single day. Brushing and flossing are two of the most important dental health habits a patient can perform. Not only does brushing make your mouth feel better, it removes food particles and harmful bacteria. Left on the teeth and gums, these bacteria can grow and lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Proper nutrition is important for health reasons, obviously. However, it’s also critical to your oral health. Too many sweets can damage the enamel of the teeth while foods that are high in acid content can also break down the tooth’s enamel. Patients should try to consume a diet made up of protein, dairy, crunchy vegetables and foods that are high in water content.
  • Visit the dentist. Regular checkups with your dentist are important for two reasons. First, during the appointment, patients receive a professional cleaning by a trained hygienist using professional tools that allow him or her to reach areas of the mouth that the patient simply cannot reach at home. Secondly, this appointment provides the dentist with a chance to identify trouble spots before they progress into larger problems.
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Call for more information about keeping your smile happy and your mouth healthy or to learn more about the services offered at Dr. Leo Arellano General & Cosmetic Dentistry.