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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Types and causes of dental stains

There are basically three types dental stains:
Extrinsic stains are pigments that settle into the outer layer of tooth structure from:
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cola
  • Red wine
  • Dark berries
  • Smoking or smokeless tobacco
Basically, any food or beverage that might stain a white tee-shirt will discolor teeth. Good daily hygiene removes some of it, but stains work their way deep into microscopic tubules in enamel.

Intrinsic stains occur when the inner structure of teeth darken from:
  • Excess fluoride
  • Tetracycline (an antibiotic)
  • Trauma
As tooth enamel thins over time, the yellowish layer of dentin underneath becomes visible, resulting in age-related discoloration.

An effective combination approach

Drug stores aisles are full of products that claim to whiten teeth. They may provide some improvement. However, they could contain abrasives that scratch enamel, actually contributing to dingy tooth color. No over the counter remedy can match the whitening power of professional treatment, for effective results on all three types of stains. Plus, you have oversight from a team of trained dental professionals.

The dentists at West Portal Dentistry use a combination approach for the whitest smiles with lowest risk of sensitivity. KöR deep bleaching treatment begins with an in-office laser whitening procedure that takes about an hour. The patient is also provided with custom-fit trays for at-home whitening. Trays are filled with prescription strength gel and worn overnight. A special buffering ingredient ensures comfort. Once desired results are achieved, trays can be worn periodically to keep the smile bright.

For teeth whitening in San Francisco, contact West Portal Family Dentistry. The number is (415) 604-9292.

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West Portal is the best dentist I have ever been to. I came to them in pain needing urgent care. I was given an appointment and taken care of like I was family. I had alot of work done in a a short time. Not once was I made to feel bad about my dental care. I could go on and on about how amazing EVERYONE is. Sadly I have moved from San Francisco I wish I could take West Portal Dental with me!!! Jaime D.
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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.