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

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that starts in your gums and can spread to the underlying bone. If left untreated, the bacteria can destroy your gums, and you can lose your teeth. Dr. Arellano has over 34 years of experience in general dentistry and treating gum disease in San Francisco.

Warning signs of gum disease

You may notice red, swollen gums, or blood when you brush your teeth. Persistent bad breath, or a sour taste in your mouth, even after you brush your teeth, can also be signs of gum disease. If you notice receding gum lines or loose teeth, this can be signs of advanced gum disease.

Gingivitis vs. Periodontal disease 

In the early stage of gum disease, plaque build-up leads to an increase of bacteria in your mouth that infect your gums. This is known as gingivitis. At this stage, your teeth are still secure in your gums, and the condition is easily treatable.

Without treatment, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. This means that your inner layer of gum will pull away from your teeth. As the gum pulls away, it forms pockets around your teeth that collect debris and grow new infections. The plaque will begin spreading below the gum line, and toxins produced by the infection can degrade your bone and the connecting tissues until your teeth fall out.

Treatment and prevention

The most effective treatment for gum disease is deep cleaning. Dr. Arellano can treat mild forms of gingivitis by scaling and cleaning your teeth and gums and removing debris build-up in your gums. Then, at-home hygiene can prevent plaque from building up and infecting your gums.

In more advanced stages, you need Laser Gum Treatment to control infections and prevent your condition from worsening. In some instances, you may need surgery on your gums to restore the connective tissue to prevent tooth loss.

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Gum disease cannot be cured, but good habits and regular dental visits can control gum disease and prevent more costly interventions, such as gum surgery or replacing missing teeth. Don’t hesitate to get help treating gum disease in San Francisco. Contact us today at 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment.

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