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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

LaserSmile

Who Can Undergo Teeth Whitening?

As people age, teeth become discolored for many reasons, but the primary causes are consuming darkly colored food and drinks, and smoking tobacco. Virtually anyone who is dissatisfied with the color of his or her teeth may benefit from teeth whitening. While most stains will respond to whitening, yellow discoloration tends to yield the best results.

Who Should Avoid Teeth Whitening?

For fillings, crowns, or veneers, patients should know that teeth whitening will not work on the restorations. When dental work discolors, the restorations would need to be replaced. Many dentists will recommend teeth whitening for patients prior to having restorations placed, particularly cosmetic veneers and bonding, so that the new dental work matches tooth enamel at its brightest.

Because fewer treatments and less time are involved with LaserSmile treatment, patients tend to experience less sensitivity after the procedure, compared with both other in-office and at-home whitening systems.

Usually, dentists will not perform teeth whitening on patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Patients younger than 16 years of age are also not eligible for teeth whitening because the nerves within teeth are enlarged and chemical bleaching could lead to increased sensitivity during and after the procedure.

Patients with teeth or gums that are especially sensitive may choose not to undergo whitening, because the procedure could worsen these conditions. Many whitening systems utilize peroxide gels, so any patient with an allergy to peroxide should avoid these systems.

Teeth stains that are brown, gray, or purple may not respond well to chemical whitening. For these, a cosmetic dentist may suggest covering the teeth with porcelain veneers or resin bonding.

What Is LaserSmile Teeth Whitening System?

LaserSmile Teeth Whitening System was developed by Biolase, a dental and medical device company that specializes in laser technology. LaserSmile utilizes a laser, a handpiece, and a proprietary peroxide-based gel.

Before whitening begins, the dentist or hygienist will protect the patient’s gums with a barrier. Next, the proprietary gel is applied to the patient’s teeth. The dentist then uses the handpiece to direct the laser onto the teeth to activate the gel. The laser is applied for bursts of 15 seconds, for up to a total of 16 minutes. Finally, the gel is rinsed from the teeth, and the barrier on the gums is removed.

What Are the Benefits of LaserSmile Teeth Whitening System Over Other Whitening Systems?

To begin with, LaserSmile is extremely safe, and it poses many benefits over other whitening systems. Unlike competing in-office whitening systems, LaserSmile requires only one treatment. In addition, the time required for LaserSmile is typically less than one hour (often 30-45 minutes), while other in-office whitening systems can take twice as long.

Because fewer treatments and less time are involved with LaserSmile treatment, patients tend to experience less sensitivity after the procedure, compared to many in-office and at-home whitening systems.

laser teeth whitening
LaserSmile can provide a dramatic whitening effect that lasts for years.

Who Can Perform LaserSmile Teeth Whitening?

LaserSmile Teeth Whitening must be performed in a dentist’s office with the appropriate equipment from Biolase.

How Should Patients Care for Their Teeth After LaserSmile Teeth Whitening?

Patients who have undergone LaserSmile teeth whitening should continue to practice good dental hygiene following the procedure, including brushing the teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. In addition to not using tobacco products of any kind, dentists typically recommend avoiding foods and drinks that may re-stain the teeth, such as tea, coffee, cola, red wine, dark sauces, and berries. Attending twice-a-year checkups and cleanings is imperative for continued good oral health.

How Long Does LaserSmile Teeth Whitening Last?

With proper dental hygiene, teeth whitening with LaserSmile can last for many years. Patients can seek re-treatment when teeth begin to discolor. Between sessions, ask your dentist whether at-home whitening is a good option for maintaining your bright smile. 

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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