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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Is teeth whitening safe? San Francisco, CA area dentist describes the process to maintain safety and results

Safe teeth whitening procedures from dentist in San Francisco

Many patients want a dazzling, whiter smile! When issues exist that result in dull or discolored teeth, San Francisco, CA area patients may start to consider the advantages of working with a dentist to enjoy high quality teeth whitening solutions. Drs. Terri M. Nguyen and Laura T. Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry provide the KoR Deep Bleaching System.

What is KoR?

The KoR Deep Bleaching System is a professional treatment that can greatly brighten a smile in just one appointment. The process starts with a thorough cleaning of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar. Then, specialized gel is applied to the teeth and is activated with a laser. Once patients have completed the first portion of whitening, they are then made a set of custom whitening trays that are taken home with prescription-strength bleaching gels to use to maintain the results and whiten even further! The entire process is done in just one appointment, and with regular use of the whitening trays, patients can enjoy the results of a whiter smile for life!
The KoR Deep Bleaching System targets stains caused by:

  • Injury to the natural tooth
  • Antibiotic use
  • Excess fluoride


Is teeth whitening safe?

The KoR Deep Bleaching System is completely safe when administered and monitored by a dental professional. The primary portion of treatment is completed in our office by our team, while the take-home trays are strong but safe for patient use in the privacy of their own home when complying with doctor instructions.

A whiter smile is a phone call away!

By calling (415) 604-9292, San Francisco area patients can connect with a dedicated professional to discuss the advantages of quality care and restoration of an otherwise beautiful smile! If you are in need of brighter teeth and are ready to invest in professional-grade options, we encourage you to connect with Drs. Terri M. Nguyen and Laura T. Huynh to learn more about the KoR Deep Bleaching System.
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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.