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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

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is the safest and most effective form of teeth whitening available. By undergoing your whitening procedure in the office, you can experience dramatic results in a single appointment. Your dentist can use highly concentrated bleaching agents to brighten your teeth quickly without damaging your enamel. There are a variety of whitening brands that offer in-office treatment options, including ZOOM!® Whitening, BriteSmile®, and Rembrandt® as well as others.

Preparing Your Teeth

Before beginning your in-office treatment, your dental hygienist will clean your teeth and gums. This process ensures food particles, bacteria, and tartar do not interfere with the power of the bleaching agent. Then, your dentist can place a protective barrier over your gums to prevent any transfer of whitening gel, as the bleaching solution can irritate soft tissue.

Powerful Treatment

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A special light intensifies the effect of the whitening formula for fast, dramatic results.

Applying the Whitening Gel

Once your teeth are prepared, your dentist will used a specialized brush to evenly coat the whitening gel over the surface of your teeth. This step requires a great deal of precision. If the gel is applied improperly, it can damage your gums or create an uneven effect.

Activating the Whitening Agent

Your dentist has access to more concentrated bleaching agents, which can provide more dramatic results than store-bought. 

In order to produce the best results, the gel will remain on your teeth for a set amount of time, typically 10 to 15 minutes. The length of time will depend on the brand of whitening gel and your desired shade. In some cases, your dentist will use a specialized ultraviolet (UV) light to to activate the whitening agent. When the predetermined time has passed, your dentist will remove the whitening gel and rinse your teeth. 

Repeating the Treatment

Typically, whitening treatments are performed in intervals. Your dentist may apply and remove the gel three or four times, with five to ten minutes between each application. A full whitening treatment generally lasts about one hour. 

Additional Treatments

Your dentist may recommend multiple treatments in order to help you achieve desirable cosmetic results. Some patients require at least two in-office whitening treatments to reach their goals. The number of additional whitening sessions you need will primarily depend on the initial color of your teeth. 

Over time, the whiteness of your smile may fade. You may want to undergo treatment every few months or years to maintain treatment results. Some dentists offer lifetime whitening bundles for in-office bleaching patients. With this special offer, you will receive take-home whitening trays and gel to perform routine touch-ups. At your initial consultation, you should consult with your dentist about any whitening promotions they offer. 

Why Choose In-Office Whitening

Your dentist has access to more concentrated bleaching agents, which can provide more dramatic results than store-bought products. Over-the-counter products with the same concentration often carry side effects that an in-office treatment does not. You can also achieve results more quickly than whitening your teeth at 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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