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 enjoys the benefits of professional teeth whitening

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Explaining benefits of professional teeth whitening

It is estimated that over ten million people in the United States collectively spend nearly two billion dollars for teeth whitening services and products annually. Teeth whitening is the most frequently requested cosmetic dental service available today for some very good reasons. A bright, white smile creates an impression of radiant health, vitality, youth, warmth, and happiness. This makes a terrific impression on those we meet, whether he or she is a boss, business associate, co-worker, friend, neighbor, or potential date.

Dental bonding or porcelain veneers are better options in some cases

The first step in determining whether a teeth whitening treatment is the right option is a dental consultation, examination, and possibly, x-rays. The cause of the staining, as well as the state of oral health are important factors when considering teeth whitening.

Decay, abscesses, and problems with root canals can cause discoloration that will not be corrected with a whitening treatment. Internal (intrinsic) staining caused by tooth injury or medication typically does not respond well to a whitening treatment either. In cases such as these, Dr. Arellano may recommend an alternative treatment for smile enhancement.

Professional supervision

Teeth whitening treatment from a dental professional involves carefully controlled use of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, customized for each patient. If cavities, periodontal disease, or other dental issues exist, they may require treatment before whitening can begin. Additionally, it is recommended that the teeth be cleaned professionally before whitening, to ensure optimal results. Dr. Arellano offers both in-office and at-home whitening to meet the needs of his patients.

In-office whitening

The in-office whitening solution is the strongest, and precautions are taken to protect the gums and other soft tissues. A protective barrier is put on the gums, and the lips and surrounding areas are covered to prevent contact with the whitening agent. The gel is applied to the teeth and then rinsed off after 20 minutes. This cycle is typically repeated three times, and the teeth are several shades brighter in about an hour. This is a great option for patients who want to look their best in a hurry for an important event such as a reunion, business meeting, or wedding.

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At-home whitening

For at-home whitening, impressions are taken and custom mouth trays are created. The patient is provided with trays, whitening gel, and detailed instructions on their use. This method can require several weeks to reach the desired results. This option is popular with patients because it is effective, affordable, and convenient.

Teeth whitening can make patients feel better about themselves and help them make terrific first impressions. The best benefit of all after teeth whitening is Dr. Arellano’s favorite. Because patients are so pleased with their whiter, brighter smile, they tend to take better care of their oral health with improved oral hygiene practices and regular dental care. Call 415-881-4343 today to schedule a consultation for teeth whitening.