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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Comparing professional and OTC teeth whitening in San Francisco

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Comparing professional and OTC teeth whitening in San Francisco

The demand for whiter teeth and brighter smiles is greater than ever before. Although store shelves are lined with OTC (over the counter) products promising a whiter brighter smile, many people in San Francisco visit Dr. Leo Arellano and his talented dental team when they want to make their smiles sparkle. They know they can rely on the doctor to recommend the treatments that are best for them.

Ensuring that teeth whitening is the best option

Dr. Arellano first conducts a thorough examination to ensure patients are good candidates for teeth whitening. He will check for factors such as:

  • Existing dental issues – Some oral conditions, including periodontal disease or decay, need to be treated before whitening. If the gel reaches a fracture or cavity, it could cause extreme pain.
  • Restorations – If there are crowns, fillings, bonding, or veneers in the visible area of the smile, they could be darker than the natural teeth after treatment because they do not respond to the whitener.
  • Hypersensitivity – Teeth whitening can cause some temporary sensitivity, but this could be intolerable for patients with extremely sensitive teeth.
  • Healthy enamel – Whitening treatments are not recommended for patients with thin or eroding enamel on their teeth. The dentin will show through the thin enamel, leaving teeth with a yellowish cast.

Although most patients are good candidates for teeth whitening treatments, in some cases, dental bonding, veneers, or porcelain crowns would be a better choice. After the evaluation, Dr. Arellano discusses the recommended treatment, explains any potential side effects, and answers patients’ questions.

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

Potential consequences of commercial whitening

The doctor’s professional guidance in not available with commercial products, so patients are vulnerable to making mistakes, including:

  • Leaving the whitener on too long, thinking if a little is good, more would be better. This can cause sensitivity and even make teeth translucent or bluish around the edges
  • Using too much whitening product and letting the excess seep onto the gums can cause gum tissue irritation or even burns.
  • Using non-FDA approved products can harm the teeth and the body.
  • Attempting to drink something while wearing the whitener, even using a straw, can cause patients to ingest the whitener, causing stomach distress, or worse.

Professional teeth whitening ensures the people of San Francisco and the surrounding areas can enjoy the guidance of a highly trained professional, safety, predictability, and a brighter, more vibrant smile. Call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment today.

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Porcelain Veneers to Repair Severe Wear and Erosion

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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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