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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

Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Bright, vibrant teeth are key to a beautiful smile. However, factors such as age, food, and the environment can cause teeth to appear dull and discolored. If you are unhappy with a lackluster smile, Zoom!® Teeth Whitening can brighten your teeth by up to eight shades. You can choose between an in-office treatment, which can be completed in only 45 minutes, and take-home kits that can be used in the comfort of your home. These whitening solutions contain a bleaching agent known as hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates deep into teeth to eliminate stains.

Types of Dental Staining

There are two forms of dental staining: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains affect the outer layer of the tooth, or the enamel. Food and drinks such as dark berries, tea, coffee, wine, and pasta sauce can cause extrinsic stains to develop. Brushing your teeth can help to remove surface stains, but professional whitening offers more dramatic results.

Intrinsic dental stains affect the inner portion of the tooth, known as dentin. This type of discoloration can result from an overexposure to fluoride, medications like tetracycline, and trauma. More often than not, professional teeth whitening cannot effectively address intrinsic stains. Treatments such as porcelain veneers may be a more suitable alternative.

Candidates for Zoom! Teeth Whitening

You may be a candidate for treatment if you:

  • Struggle with extrinsic dental stains
  • Have not had success with over-the-counter products
  • Want immediate results
  • Have healthy teeth and gums
  • Do not have severe dental sensitivity

Your doctor can conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and review your medical history to determine whether you qualify for treatment.

Professional Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Treatments

There are many forms of whitening treatment, ranging in price and efficacy. While products such as toothpastes, strips, and rinses can lighten a smile compromised by extrinsic stains, the results are often less dramatic and take weeks or months to achieve. In contrast, some products contain a dangerous amount of peroxide, which can cause severe sensitivity.

Professional teeth whitening offers predictable results, and reduces your risk of irritation. 

Professional teeth whitening offers predictable results, and reduces your risk of irritation. Whether you choose to brighten your smile in the office or at home, you can work alongside a qualified professional who can monitor your progress. Your dentist can even alter the concentration of peroxide as needed. Moreover, chairside treatments can be completed in under one hour, so you can reap the benefits of whitening more quickly.

An In-Office Whitening Treatment

Your dentist can begin by cleaning and drying your teeth, before placing a cheek retractor to gain better access to your smile. To ensure the whitening agent does not transfer from the teeth, your dentist can apply a special protective solution to the gums. The whitening gel will be carefully applied to the surface of the teeth, and an LED light will be used to activate the bleaching agent. This process can be repeated as needed to achieve your goals. Most patients can enjoy a more vibrant smile in as little as 45 minutes. After whitening your teeth, your dentist can apply a post-treatment gel to reduce your risk of sensitivity. 

At-Home Kit

If you choose to lighten your teeth at home, your dentist can create custom trays that will deliver the whitening gel directly to the surface of your teeth. You may be directed to wear your trays for a short period of time each day, or overnight. The typical treatment timeline is two weeks. At-home kits can also be used to maintain in-office whitening treatments.

Benefits of Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Chairside Zoom! Teeth Whitening is an excellent solution for patients with upcoming events, such as weddings or reunions. Whiter teeth can improve your sense of confidence and encourage you to engage in life more freely. With Zoom! take-home kits, you can also experience the convenience of whitening your smile in your own home. For patients who feel self-conscious about stained teeth, professional whitening can provide truly life-changing results.

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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