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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.  

When you come to the office, we ask that you wait in your car in the parking lot.  Diana will be calling you at your appointment time to let you know that your dental operatory is ready for you.  Susie, Chelsea or I will meet you outside to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, and 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

Whitening Your Teeth at Home

Take-home teeth whitening treatments allow you to dramatically improve the shade of your smile in the comfort and convenience of your home. As this type of bleaching is supervised by your dentist, it is safer and more effective than over-the-counter methods. Most take-home treatments use customized trays to apply whitening gel to your smile. The length of your treatment will depend on the extent of your discoloration, as well as the concentration of the peroxide in the bleaching agent. Teeth whitening at home is an affordable way to achieve a brighter, more dazzling smile.

Customizing Your Trays

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Whitening trays must be fully customized to ensure a proper fit and equal distribution of the whitening agent.

While some dentists offer pre-made trays for a more economical option, custom trays are an effective way to tailor whitening treatment to your particular needs. Your dentist will first create impressions of your teeth. Then, lab technicians will use the measurements to fabricate whitening trays that fit comfortably and securely in your mouth. Once they are complete, your dentist will adjust the trays to ensure they fit properly and educate you on the best way to use and care for them.

How It Works

When you are ready to begin your whitening treatment, you can fill the custom trays with whitening gel using a syringe. Then, you can place the whitening trays over your teeth, so the gel evenly covers the surface. Custom trays help ensure the whitening agent remains on your teeth rather than your gums while the tray is in place.

At-home bleaching is a good option for patients who want an affordable and convenient way to whiten their smile. 

The duration of your treatment will depend on the strength of the gel. Wearing the trays for the specified amount of time allows the oxygen molecules to penetrate your enamel and break down stains. Generally, most patients wear their trays daily over the course of a few weeks. The treatment time may last 15 minutes to one hour per day. Many dentists also offer an overnight option so you can whiten your teeth while you sleep.

Maintaining Your Results

Your dentist may advise you to perform teeth whitening treatments every few months, or whenever stains begin to reappear. You should only perform touch-up treatments with the guidance of your dentist. Over-whitening can cause permanent enamel erosion.

Benefits of Whitening at Home

At-home bleaching is a good option for patients who want an affordable and convenient way to whiten their smile. Often, over-the-counter products have lower concentrations of peroxide in addition to other chemicals that can lighten your smile. However, these can damage your teeth when used incorrectly and cause sensitivity. Dentist-supervised whitening treatments provide more predictable results.

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The whitening agent is loaded directly into the tray during each session.

In addition, your dentist has access to whitening gels with safer chemicals and can monitor the results of your at-home bleaching. As a result, you can achieve dazzling results and maintain the health of your teeth. At-home whitening is an excellent standalone treatment. However, it can also be combined with other cosmetic services for more dramatic effects.

Comfort and Convenience

When considering the best method of whitening for you, keep in mind that whitening at home will take longer than an in-office treatment. Typically, a bleaching procedure at your dentist’s office will take about one hour and offer immediate results. However, at-home whitening kits allow you to alter your smile at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. 

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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