February 10, 2018
Every month, you pay premiums for dental and health insurance to keep your mouth and body healthy. While you may believe that they are one in the same, there are clear differences between the two. Although both cover necessary treatments, you cannot use your dental insurance for medical purposes and vise versa. To use your dental coverage correctly and to maximize its value, your Delta Dental dentist in Hillsboro can help.
February 12, 2016
If it has been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, there’s a good possibility your teeth are going to need deep cleaned. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends adults visit the dentist every year for an evaluation. However, we know this doesn’t always happen. No matter if you visit the dentist regularly or if it has been a few years, an evaluation by your dentist will determine whether or not you need a regular cleaning or a deep cleaning. While many believe the two are the same, there are actually fairly big differences between the two procedures.
January 15, 2016
So you’ve got a problem tooth, and you think it may have a cavity — but how can you know for sure? Your dentist in Hillsboro shares the top signs you’re suffering from a cavity, how we’ll fix it and and what causes cavities in the first place. Keep reading for vital oral health information from The Dentists at Orenco Station!
December 17, 2014
Do you often have unexplained head pain and jaw stiffness? You could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Millions of people suffer from the headaches, neck pain, and joint and muscle soreness of TMJ disorder without knowing it. Untreated TMJ disorder can make it difficult to eat or even speak. If you suspect that you may have developed a TMJ disorder, make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey for a TMJ disorder evaluation and treatment plan today. They can determine if your pain and discomfort stem from a TMJ disorder. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly serve patients of all ages throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and nearby communities.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is a group of degenerative conditions involving the temporomandibular joint and its surrounding muscles. This area is responsible for the jaw movement necessary to talk and eat. The joint slides and rotates just in front of your ear, connecting the temporal bone (side of the skull) with the mandible (lower jaw). TMJ disorder can fall into one of three categories:
- Myofascial pain: discomfort or pain in the muscles of the jaw, neck, and shoulders
- Injury: resulting from a dislocated jaw or displaced disc
- Degenerative joint disease: rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis in the jaw joint
What are the Signs of TMJ Disorder?
- Jaw pain or soreness that is specific to a certain time of day
- Jaw pain when you chew or yawn
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Locked or stiff jaw
- Sensitive teeth in the absence of infection or gum disease
- An earache without an ear infection
Who’s at Risk for Developing TMJ Disorder?
No one knows the exact cause of TMJ disorder. However, TMJ disorder does affect twice as many women as men. Trauma to the jaw or jaw joint can sometimes play a role in development of the disorder, but in most cases the cause of the disorder is unknown. However, stressful situations can aggravate the symptoms. The discomfort you experience is caused by the overuse of the jaw joint muscles, especially if you clench or grind your teeth (bruxism). These excessive habits can tire the jaw muscles and lead to the associated pain and discomfort in the head and neck.
The Dentists at Orenco Station can evaluate and treat you for TMJ disorder. Many patients have been able to eliminate and even reverse their TMJ disorder with non-invasive oral appliance therapy. You can make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey for immediate TMJ symptom relief with a custom oral appliance today. Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey are highly qualified general and restorative dentists. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly serve families throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and the surrounding areas.
November 17, 2014
Have you ever discovered that your gums we’re sore or bleeding after brushing your teeth or eating? You may think that it resulted from brushing too hard or getting food stuck between your teeth, but it could be a sign of advanced gum disease. If left untreated, the gum disease Gingivitis can advance into full blown Periodontitis. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Don’t let gum disease rob you of your healthy smile. The easiest way to stop gum disease in its tracks is to visit a dentist for a check-up and cleaning. If caught early enough, gum disease treatment can actually be reversed. Make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey at Orenco Station Dental today. They want to help you save your healthy teeth. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly serve families throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek and surrounding areas.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Mouth pain
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus or mucus between gums and teeth
- Mouth sores
- A change in your bite
- Dentures or partials no longer fit
Remember that gum disease is serious but treatable. No matter how well we take care of our teeth at home, there is no substitution for a regular dental check-up and professional cleaning. The dentist can find and remove plaque and tarter that you just can’t see at home. A small investment of time for a regular dental check up can save you the time and money needed for restorative dental procedures to save your teeth from advanced gum disease. Don’t delay; make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey at Orenco Station Dental. The Dentists at Orenco Station restore smiles daily throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek and nearby communities.
October 17, 2014
No matter who you are or what stage of life you’re in, there’s always an important day on the horizon. It could be a wedding day, a birthday or anniversary, a promotion or a reunion. Whatever your big day involves, you’ll want to make sure you look your absolute best. But have you thought about your smile lately? Most people fail to realize how important a confident smile will be when that big day arrives. Although you know you should do something to correct your misaligned teeth, you may be reluctant because you don’t want to deal with the hassle and embarrassment of traditional braces. Luckily, Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey at The Dentists at Orenco Station offer ClearCorrect clear aligners, the innovation that eliminates the look and feel of metal braces.
Benefits of ClearCorrect Aligners
With ClearCorrect clear aligners, there are no wires or brackets to clean or tighten. They’re made for people just like you, who want a faster, more efficient way to straighten their teeth. You don’t have to wait any longer to get the smile you deserve. ClearCorrect clear aligners offer the following advantages:
- Easy Adjustment– clear, custom-made, removable aligners that incrementally adjust teeth
- Superior Clarity– virtually invisible and unnoticeable with a smooth surface finish that withstands clouding from wear
- Easily Removable– no interruption to eating or routine brushing and flossing
- Easy to Wear– custom fitted for irritation-free comfort with minimally invasive adjustments
ClearCorrect Aligners and Orthodontic Treatment in Hillsboro, OR
Today it’s easier than ever to have your teeth corrected. While you’re waiting for your big day, you can finally achieve the straight beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Do yourself a favor and make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey at Orenco Station Dental. We’ll help you find the orthodontic treatment that’s best for you. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly serve patients throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek and surrounding cities.
March 28, 2014
Have you been told that you need to have one or more teeth removed? We hope you’ll turn to Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey for help. Our team at The Dentists at Orenco Station offers comfortable oral surgery, made possible by combination of experience and sedation options like oral conscious sedation and IV sedation.
There are many reasons you might need to have a tooth extracted. They include:
- Gum disease
- Orthodontic preparations
Regardless of the reasons for your procedure, expect us to approach your case with compassion, understanding, and a commitment to detail. Once we’ve diagnosed your situation, we’ll be happy to explain exactly how your procedure will go. If you have questions about any aspect of your procedure, don’t hesitate to ask them.
To make your appointment more comfortable, we’ll recommend either IV sedation or oral conscious sedation. Both are effective for creating a comfortable, stress-free experience. In fact, many patients do not remember anything about their appointment afterwards.
Are you concerned that you might need to have a tooth removed with oral surgery? Our Hillsboro team can help. Call us today for a consultation appointment. We’re happy to serve patients from Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, and Rock Creek.
February 25, 2014
What if we told you there was a very important connection between oral and overall health? Most people would be surprised to hear that, but it’s true.
What’s the connection? According to recent data, it can be traced to gum disease, a very common oral health condition that affects a majority of U.S. adults.
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria and plaque around the gums. Over time, these irritants will cause tissue loss, culminating in the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums. These pockets give the bacteria and plaque of gum disease an entryway into your bloodstream, and from there, to other parts of the body.
What kinds of health problems can be exacerbated by gum disease? Heart disease is one of the most common but it’s not the only one. Other health conditions that can be impacted by gum disease include:
- Pre-term birth or low birth weight
You can protect your smile and your overall health by following a couple of easy but important steps.
First, make sure that you’re brushing and flossing every day. At The Dentists at Orenco Station, we recommend brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and gargling with an antibacterial mouthwash. Following a routine like this will help you control the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
But a good homecare routine isn’t all it takes to enjoy good oral health. We also recommend seeing Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Why so often? Because some patients may be struggling with gum disease without even knowing it. During your appointment with us, we’ll look for signs of the condition and offer care if we find anything.
Call The Dentists at Orenco Station if you’re ready to schedule your next checkup with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey. They’re happy to care for patients from Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and beyond.
January 29, 2014
A common question for any dentist is: How often should I come in for checkups and cleanings? The answer might surprise you. While you only need to see your primary care doctor once a year, it’s a good idea to see your dentist twice a year. Why so often? Because common oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease can develop quickly and easily. And it doesn’t matter how old the patient is—children are just as susceptible to these conditions as adults.
That’s why Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey are proud to put family dental care at the center of what they do. With a checkup and cleaning twice a year, our friendly, experienced Hillsboro team will help you and your little ones watch for signs of decay, gum disease, TMJ dysfunction, and even oral cancer. We can also remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar above and below the gum line with a professional cleaning.
What’s more, our helpful Hillsboro dental team can also talk to you about taking care of your smile at home. Regular brushing and flossing are important; they can do a lot to protect your teeth from gum disease and tooth decay in between visits, though even the best homecare routine isn’t a substitute for a professional cleaning.
And what if we find something during your visit with us? Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey are happy to put together a customized plan to help you. We offer a great range of today’s best general, cosmetic, and restorative services.
Do you need to schedule your first appointment for yourself or your child? Call The Dentists at Orenco Station today for an appointment. Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey serve families from Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, and Rock Creek.
December 30, 2013
Even though 2014 isn’t here just yet, it’s never too soon to start thinking of goals for your smile. After all, people routinely set other kinds of goals at the start of a brand new year. Why not include your oral health?
Maybe your goal is a simply to see Dr. Brandon Kearbey or Dr. Malinda Kearbey on a more regular basis. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the foundation for good oral health. It will be easier for our Hillsboro dental team to keep your smile healthy when we can see you twice a year for regular checkups.
Another common goal patients have, besides coming in on a more regular basis, is transforming the way their teeth actually look. Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey can create dazzling results using teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, two very effective cosmetic dentistry services. What’s more, when combined with treatment for cavities, misalignment, or missing teeth, patients can look forward to an even more dazzling transformation.
Your final treatment plan will depend entirely on your needs. During a consultation appointment, Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey will assess your health and talk to you about the changes you’d like to make. How you feel about the health and appearance of your teeth truly matters to us. We want to not only help you achieve optimal oral health but also a smile that fills you with a sense of confidence and good wellbeing.
Call The Dentists at Orenco Station today to reserve your first appointment of 2014. We offer personalized general, cosmetic, and restorative care to patients from Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and beyond.