November 27, 2013
From all of us at The Dentists at Orenco Station, we want to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy this special time with those who are closest to you. And we hope you enjoy all the great food the holiday has to offer. Your oral health is important, but just as important is knowing when to splurge a little.
Thanksgiving is the perfect day for that. Surrounded by loved ones and good food, the last thing you should be worrying about is whether or not to have that second slice of pumpkin pie. We do hope you’ll remember to brush and floss later that day, but for the moment, just focus on having a good time and being thankful.
If you want to schedule an appointment after the Thanksgiving holiday, we would love to hear from you. Simply call our office to reserve an appointment or ask our helpful dental team a question. We serve patients from Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, and Rock Creek.
Acid Reflux and Your Oral Health
October 3, 2013
A touch of heartburn from time to time is inconvenient and uncomfortable but nothing to worry about. Experiencing heartburn several times a week, on the other hand, is. Not only can it make life uncomfortable, it’s a symptom of a condition known as acid reflex disease. Other symptoms of acid reflux disease include:
- Bloating or burping
- Black/bloody stools or bloody vomiting
- Weight loss
- Wheezing, hoarseness, sore throat, or dry cough
Of all the problems acid reflux disease can cause, though, you might be surprised to learn that it can also have an impact on your oral health. That’s because of how acid reflux works.
When a patient has acid reflux, a small amount of stomach acid ends up in the esophagus. If this acid comes into contact with your teeth, it can damage the protective layer of enamel on the outside. Signs that acid may have damaged your teeth include:
- Pain or irritation
- Teeth that have shortened or thinned
- Teeth with short edges
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods
You can make sure your teeth are protected with regular care at The Dentists at Orenco Station in Hillsboro. During every visit with Dr. Brandon Kearbey or Dr. Malinda Kearbey, we’ll look for changes in your oral health that might indicate the presence of decay or gum disease. If we find anything during your appointment, we can put together a treatment plan immediately.
Is it time for your next checkup with our Hillsboro dental team? Call us today for an appointment. The Dentists at Orenco Station serves patients from Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, and Rock Creek.
Periodontal Therapy for Hillsboro and Beyond
June 4, 2013
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions facing patients. According to some estimates, as much as 80% of American adults have some form of the disease. But gum disease isn’t just an oral health concern. Recent medical studies have also connected it to health conditions in other parts of the body, including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, preterm birth, and more.
What does this mean for you and your family?
It means that regular checkups with The Dentists at Orenco Station should be a priority. During a checkup, Dr. Brandon Kearbey or Dr. Malinda Kearbey will look closely at the soft tissues of your gums and at your teeth to see if there have been any changes in your oral health. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding or swollen gums and discoloration.
If our Hillsboro dental team finds any sign of gum disease, we’ll help you treat it with a personalized periodontal therapy treatment plan. There are many effective periodontal therapies to treat symptoms of gum disease, including deep cleaning, which combines scaling and root planning. During your appointment with Dr. Brandon Kearbey or Dr. Malinda Kearbey, we’ll talk to you about your treatment options and explain how each aspect of periodontal therapy works. We can also answer any questions you might have about your care.
Have you noticed any changes in your gums recently? Call The Dentists at Orenco Station today to reserve your consultation on periodontal therapy. We serve patients from Hillsboro, Forrest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and beyond.