Important Notice.

Dear Patient,

We trust this finds you well. As an essential healthcare provider, West Portal Family Dentistry has kept limited hours throughout the entire shelter in place order, to provide urgent care for our community. We have seen many of you, as well as, some new people from the community who needed emergency care.

We will be adding office hours starting Tuesday, May 12, 2020 and resuming normal schedule by Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

We will be returning to a “new normal” way of providing dental care, in order to ensure the safety of all our patients and staff. We have put in place enhanced protocols per CDC and ADA guidelines to accomplish this goal. We will be screening all staff and patients every day for symptoms of COVID 19. The temperature will be taken and screening questions will be asked and recorded. The reception area was reconfigured to allow for social distancing. The schedule was modified to lessen the number of people in the office at the same time. The enhanced intra-oral suctioning system will be deployed for appropriate procedures to better control aerosols. We have always followed strict OSHA guidelines for disinfecting and sterilizing surfaces, equipments, and instruments; and we will continue to do so. Enhanced PPE protocols will be used to ensure we deliver the safest possible dentistry for our patients and staff.

Please contact us via phone at 415.661.7779 or via email should you have any questions or concerns. We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation throughout this challenging, new normal way of delivering the best possible dental care to you.

Take care and see you soon !

Dr. Terri Nguyen and West Portal Family Dentistry Team

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San Francisco dentist explains the importance of general dentistry services

In San Francisco Area Dentist Explains the Importance of General Dentistry Services

Patients to Dr. Terri Nguyen’s general dentistry practice in San Francisco know that their comfort and well-being are of top concern. For more than 20 years, Dr. Nguyen and her team have provided compassion, professionalism, and expertise to their dental patients. From protecting your mouth from oral health problems to improving your smile, the West Portal Family Dentistry team offers a full suite of services so that their patients, and their families, can receive nearly all their dental needs under one roof.

Keeping your mouth healthy

Preventative dental care services are the dental treatments that are designed to prevent future problems or issues in the mouth. While brushing and flossing at home are critical, patients simply can’t manage their dental health alone. Good preventative dental care also includes regular visits to the dentist. These twice-annual appointments are important for several reasons:

  • Professional cleaning: Patients receive a professional dental cleaning by trained hygienist who use commercial tools and expert techniques allowing them to clean between teeth and around those hard to reach back teeth that even the most careful brushers can’t reach at home.
  • Oral health exam: Patients also receive a complete examination of the mouth is conducted where potential problems, such as oral cancer, can be detected before they progress.
  • Oral health counseling: The dentist and her team will speak with the patients about their at home dental habits, nutrition and lifestyle habits to improve oral health to ensure that the right steps are being taken at home.

Addressing problems and improving appearance

Even with the best preventative care, dental issues can occur, or patients may want to improve the appearance of their smile in order to restore their confidence. Restorative and cosmetic dental services include treatments such as:


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It’s important to note that restoring dental problems is typically easier when the issues is addressed immediately. Dental discomfort is usually caused by a problem in the mouth that won’t simply resolve itself. When a patient seeks immediate help, they have more options for less invasive treatment with less time needed for recovery. For more information or to schedule an appointment call West Portal Family Dentistry at (415) 604-9292 today.

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Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice

A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.

Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.