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Greetings to all of our patients!  

I want to take this time to reach out to you all and reconnect so as to let you all know what we've been up to during the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic.  I want to state that our #1 priority is, and has always been the health & safety of our patients, and, of course, to provide to you the highest quality dental care we can!  

I am sure most of you have questions and concerns regarding the safety of dentistry during this time, so we'd like to share the measures and actions we are taking to ensure your safety here at our office.

First of all, the culture here will be a little bit different in the “post novel corona virus world”.  At least until researchers come up with therapies and /or a vaccine!  We will be implementing some new systems in our practice to mitigate the risk of disease transmission here.  

What to expect when you come to the office?  Prior to your appointment, when Diana calls you to confirm your appointment date and time, she will ask a few quick questions regarding your medical status, and any symptoms suggestive of an illness...We ask that if you are ill with a fever, coughing, etc. to please reschedule for when you are well.  

We ask that you please call when you arrive to the office. Diana, Chelsea or Susie will meet you at your car to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, also you will have a small device clipped to your finger called an oximeter. This gadget shines light through your fingertip or earlobe. It works out how much oxygen is in your blood. We will then escort you directly to your treatment room.  

We will be spacing out our patient appointments so that there is only one patient on the dentistry side with Susie and I, and only one patient in the hygiene side with Chelsea.  For the most part, no one is allowed to wait in the lobby until further notice...We will of course, accommodate people escorting children or elderly patients.

All surfaces will be disinfected with Hospital Grade Disinfectants (as we've always done in the past) between patients.  All door knobs, light switches, etc. will be disinfected every 30 minutes throughout the day!  This will mitigate the risk of any infectious disease transmission via surfaces.

Ever since the HIV epidemic in the 1980's, dentistry as an industry has employed “Universal Precautions” (masks, gloves, “single use” disposable equipment, etc.) to mitigate disease transmission.  

The most concerning of transmission routes for infection, including novel corona virus, is via “'aerosols”.  Dentists and hygienists  have used “High Volume Evacuation” (HVE) routinely for decades to capture aerosols generated by dental hand pieces (drill) and ultra-sonic scaling devices.  HVE reduces aerosols by 90% !  

We will continue to use HVE for all procedures that generate aerosols.  In addition to HVE, we've invested in Medical Grade H-13 HEPA aerosol scavengers in our operatories (basically a very powerful vacuum) with a snorkel hose that we can position adjacent to the treatment field to scavenge any aerosol the HVE misses.

We have also invested in nine medical grade H-13 HEPA air filtration units placed throughout the office which will completely clean/turn over the air every 10 minutes, or six times per hour.

Another investment made was having medical grade UVC (Ultra-Violet C) units installed in our Central  Air Conditioning/Heating units that kill Bacteria and Virus as the air passes through. 

Finally, we will fog the office with Hypochlorous Acid, a human safe, yet powerful disinfectant at the end of each day.

We want you all to know that we are taking all possible precautions and measures to ensure your safety, and the safety of our team here!

To further streamline your experience at the office, we will be scheduling return visits for you in the operatory, at the end of your appointment.  We will make available electronic payment options in order to minimize visiting the front desk.

Warm regards,

Dr. Paulerio and Team

Denture Care

Dentures are a long-term investment in your oral health and aesthetics. Thorough denture care plays an important role in helping your prosthetics look and feel great for many years to come. If you clean their dentures daily, avoid damaging your prosthetics, and schedule frequent evaluations with your dentist, you can enjoy your partial or full dentures for up to a decade. If your dentures are accidentally damaged or broken, a dentist can provide a quick repair or realignment. To lower the risk of broken dentures, many patients choose implant-supported restorations for added stability, superior aesthetics, and simpler care.
keep dentures moist
It is important to keep your dentures moist to prevent changes in shape.

How to Clean Your Dentures

Dentures should be brushed daily like your normal teeth. Removing food and plaque after each meal can ensure that your dentures maintain their look and feel for as long as possible. To clean your dentures: 

  • Start by thoroughly rinsing off food and other particles. Do not use boiling or hot water, as this can warp your dentures. Some patients choose to fill the sink with water or a towel during cleanings to prevent damaging their dentures if they fall. 
  • Gently brush the entire denture with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Do not use a hard-bristle brush, as this can scratch the dentures and cause bacteria to get trapped in the crevices, causing denture odor. 
  • Do not use whitening toothpaste or an abrasive toothpaste, as these contain powerful levels of peroxide that may damage your dentures without whitening them. Instead, use a denture cleanser. 
  • Brush your own teeth, gums, and the inside of your mouth to remove plaque accumulated throughout the day 

Be gentle when handling your dentures during cleaning. Do not bend the plastic or attempt to modify any of the metal clasps, as this can affect the fit of your dentures and cause irreparable damage. 

With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last five to seven years without needing replacement. 

Removing Dentures Overnight 

Although you will use dentures for a majority of the day to chew and speak properly, you will need to remove them nightly. This is a requirement for both partial and full dentures. When you are not wearing your dentures, you should carefully place them in a container filled with water or denture-soaking solution. Do not leave them in a dry place; this can cause warping. If your dentures have metal clasps, only use water to protect the metal. Be sure to cover the container to avoid contamination and spillage. Before putting the dentures back in your mouth in the morning, rinse them thoroughly to remove the soaking solution. 

Caring for Implant-Supported Dentures 

Many patients choose implant-supported dentures because of their superior stability, security, and aesthetics. As implant-retained dentures are securely affixed to your jawbone through dental implants, they are less likely to fall out and become damaged. You will care for implant-supported dentures the same as you would with your natural teeth. You should also schedule frequent visits to your dentists to assess the health of your implants, abutments, and gum tissue. 

The Importance of Routine Checkups 

Dentures are an expensive investment and should be properly cared for and maintained. To prevent damage to your dentures and help them maintain their function for as long as possible, you should schedule regular visits to your dentist. If your dentures feel uncomfortable, hurt your gums, or appear damaged, schedule a visit to your dentist right away. He or she may be able to realign, repair, or replace your dentures. With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last five to seven years without needing replacement. 

Point Loma Family Dentistry team

Point Loma Family Dentistry

Dr. Louis E. Paulerio is a top-rated dentist who is committed to providing the latest dental treatments in a caring, warm setting. He is a member of several prestigious dental organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Dental Implant Association

He also uses CEREC technology to create beautiful, long-lasting dental restorations in just one appointment. Ready to schedule a consultation at our Point Loma office? Request your appointment online or call us at (619) 223-3811.

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