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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Treating gum disease with a San Francisco, CA dentist to keep your gums healthy!

Treating Gum Disease at Leo Arellano DDS PC in San Francisco Area

Common oral conditions such as periodontal disease or “gum disease,” can cause a variety of problems if left undiagnosed and untreated. Dr. Leo Arellano and the team in his San Francisco, CA area practice are committed to helping patients prevent this condition from occurring. If it does, it can lead to systemic health problems and the loss of teeth, bone, and gum tissue. With good oral hygiene habits and routine professional care and cleanings with our team, patients can defend their smiles against gum disease and keep their gums healthy. Treating this condition starts with a proper diagnosis.

What is periodontal disease?

Poor oral hygiene habits can contribute to the development and progressions of periodontal disease. This condition is completely avoidable with proper care. Dr. Leo Arellano and his team advise patients to visit the office at least every six months for a cleaning and evaluation. This allows our staff to catch inflammation and infection such as this in the earliest of stages for successful intervention. If left untreated, many patients will experience future problems with their smiles.

How is periodontal disease treated?

We are pleased to provide various methods for treating periodontal disease. These methods include:

  • Thorough cleanings 
  • Antibiotics
  • Root scaling and planing
  • Laser gum treatment
  • Gum surgeries
  • Gum grafting

When periodontal disease has been diagnosed, patients will be advised as to the best possible treatment for their smile. The earlier stages can be treated quickly with a dental cleaning and the administration of antibiotics, while the later stages will require scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing and laser gum treatment is more invasive, but can effectively address the condition and help patients get their smile back to health. Finally, gum surgeries and gum grafting may be needed in more advanced conditions. X-rays are used to check for any damage that may have occurred to the bone, and our team will evaluate the patient as a whole to ensure they are making progress with periodontal care.

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

Call Dr. Leo Arellano today

Periodontal disease is a condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to avoid further permanent damage to the teeth, gums, and bone. Contact Dr. Leo Arellano by calling 415-881-4343 to request an appointment. He is here to assist new and current patients in the area of San Francisco, California.