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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

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Fluoride Treatments

Children and some adults are particularly susceptible to tooth decay, which can compromise teeth and be a hassle to address.

Fluoride protects teeth from erosion and, in turn, reduces the risk of cavities.

That sounds great! But how does it work?

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How Fluoride Keeps Teeth Strong

Prevents Decay

By making teeth more resistant to the acids found in plaque, fluoride can protect you from cavities and reverse early decay.

Provides More Concentrated Treatment

Though fluoride is often found in toothpastes and mouth rinses, it is delivered at a higher concentration in professional gels, solutions, and varnishes

Protects Adults and Children Alike

While most often recommended for children, fluoride can benefit adults who are more vulnerable to cavities, including those with gum disease, dry mouth conditions, or restorations.

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If You or Your Child are Prone to Cavities, You Have the Power to Fight Them

*According to research on children and adults published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

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Why Pay for Preventive Care When I Can Treat a Cavity?

The cost of a typical fluoride application is about $30 to $35. In contrast, fillings generally cost about $90 to $250, and crowns about $500 to $2,500 per tooth. 

While a crown can take up to two weeks to fabricate and place, varnish takes only a few minutes to apply.

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Choose Your Method of Delivery

Fluoride treatment comes in many forms. If you would prefer to avoid trays and gel, your dentist can use varnish. This is gently painted on the front, back, and top of teeth and will harden in seconds. The entire procedure takes no more than two minutes. Simply leave the varnish on for six hours (you can return to normal activities immediately), and remove it with a toothbrush later in the day.

Fluoride treatment is a quick and easy way to protect the health and longevity of your or your child’s smile. At such a low cost, it is a no-brainer! Talk to your dentist today to learn more.

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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