Our community has been through a lot due to the ongoing pandemic, 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.

Upon the emergence of COVID-19, here are some additional measures we take 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.

Dr. Leo Arellano

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Professional teeth whitening is quick, effective, and worthwhile

Dr. Leo Arellano at Leo Arellano DDS PC Providing Professional teeth whitening is quick, effective, and worthwhile

A simple smile is much more important to happiness and success than many people realize. A smile sets a positive tone for the communication between people in personal, social, and professional situations. In a survey conducted by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry, respondents said they considered people that have an attractive smile to be more trustworthy, intelligent, sensitive, and successful. These perceptions can improve relationships with family, friends, employers, co-workers, business associates, and even neighbors.

Many people hide their smile, or refrain from smiling at all, because they are embarrassed about the appearance of their discolored or stained teeth. This problem can be resolved with teeth whitening, San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano, offers several options, such as Opalescence® or BriteSmile®! to meet the needs of his patients.

The chairside treatments are performed in his office and teeth can be lightened up to ten shades in as little as an hour. The in-office whitening gel is stronger than the at-home gel, but is perfectly safe because the rest of the mouth is protected during treatment. In addition, if sensitivity occurs, there is a professional at hand to handle the issue. This treatment is usually done on the eight front teeth, and can be followed by an at-home whitening kit to optimize the procedure and maintain the brightness.

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Dr. Arellano also offers take home kits for patients that would prefer the convenience of whitening at home. The trays are customized to fit teeth snugly, and the whitening gel is thick and sticky to prevent it from leaking out of the tray and prevent saliva from diluting the whitening gel. The gel is available in different strengths, and many of them contain fluoride, which can strengthen enamel, decrease sensitivity, and provide protection from cavities. The at-home treatment is usually completed in about two to three weeks.

Individual results will vary, depending on the causes of the discoloration and the treatment option chosen. The results can last one to two years, upon depending on a variety of factors, such as oral hygiene, habits such as tobacco use, as well as types of foods eaten. If the aesthetics of the smile require more than simple teeth whitening, other options are available. Invisalign can straighten misaligned teeth, dental implants can replace missing teeth, and porcelain veneers can create a quick smile makeover. After a comprehensive examination, Dr. Arellano guides his patients to the best options for their specific concerns. For additional information, call 415-881-4343.

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We’ve gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he’s done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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