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Tanasbourne Dental Care Team



Kimberlee, Office Manager
I have been working in the dental field for twenty years now. I started out as a dental assistant in Medford, Oregon. For the past fifteen years I have been assisting Dr. Jenkins with his practice in many areas. I truly enjoy the patients and am very excited to get to know all of the patients at TDC.


Angel, Financial Coordinator
I have been working in the dental field for nineteen years and at Tanasbourne Dental Care for five years. My role with the practice involves treatment and financial coordination. It is my goal to provide patients with the most up to date information on to ensure they receive the best care possible. It is an absolute privilege to work with Dr. Jenkins in the patient friendly atmosphere that he has created.


Heidi, Dental Assistant
I have worked as a Dental Assistant for twelve years since graduating from the dental assisting program at Portland Community College in 1999. I've been with Tanasbourne Dental Care for nine years. I love the fun supportive environment we have created for our patients and hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.


Nancy, Dental Hygienist
I have enjoyed providing excellent gum care for almost twelve years. I truly love helping to make a healthy difference in the lives of those I treat. I have been able to work with Dr. Jenkins and our team for over a year and I have really appreciated how thorough and gentle Dr. Jenkins's approach is with all of our patients. He treats everyone with such professionalism, respect and kindness. I take pride in how we treat our patients at Tanasbourne Dental Care.


Radawn, Dental Hygienist
I graduated from the dental hygiene program at Portland Community College in 2008. I joined the team at Tanasbourne Dental Care in the fall of 2008 and have been going on six years as a hygienist. I have enjoyed donating my time to medical teams internationally and went on a dental trip to Honduras serving young children in a small village. At Tanasbourne Dental Care I enjoy caring for patients and their specific needs as well as partnering with them in their oral health care.


Shannon, Dental Assistant
I graduated from the dental assisting program at Portland Community College in 2000 and have continued as a certified dental assistant for the past fourteen years. I've enjoyed working at Tanasbourne Dental Care for six years and look forward to many more. The comfort and care provided to our patients are very important to me and I love being a part of a team who shares my views and excels.


Shannon, Dental Hygienist
I have had the privilege to be a hygienist at Tanasbourne Dental Care since 2008. I graduate in 2003 with a B.S. degree form OHSU's dental hygiene program and enjoy both working and volunteering here in the Portland-metro area and overseas. I am passionate about providing outstanding dental hygiene services with a caring attitude and a gentle touch; creating lasting friendships with our patients and their families.


Tera, Dental Hygienist
I graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1996 and have been fortunate to work at Tanasbourne Dental Care since 2000. I take great pride in providing high quality dental care and always make patient comfort a top priority. I am honored to work with Dr. Jenkins and the entire staff here at Tanasbourne Dental Care. We thoroughly enjoy what we do and take great pleasure in creating relationships with our patients.

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Should You Get Dental Sealants As an Adult?
Dental sealants help to protect your teeth from problems. Most of the time, children get these put on their teeth since they struggle to brush as well as an adult. However, they are not the only ones that can benefit from this procedure. If you are an adult, you may want to find out about sealants, too. They can help protect your teeth from debris and decay by keeping the little crevices and cracks in your teeth sealed. That extra layer keeps everything out, helping to prevent cavities. People of all ages should ask about getting dental sealants because of how much they can help maintain good oral health.




Does a Hard Bristle Toothbrush Get Your Teeth Cleaner?
There are many people who believe that brushing their teeth harder will get them cleaner. This is not true. You want to gently scrub your teeth clean. In fact, if you brush too hard, it can leave your teeth worse off than if you did not brush. Hard bristled toothbrushes can do a lot of damage. You should be using a soft toothbrush instead of one with hard bristles as that is the best way to get your mouth clean and avoid the extra damage.

What Happens When You Use a Toothbrush That Is Too Hard

By using a toothbrush with hard bristles, you risk a lot of damage to your teeth and the tissues in your mouth. Those bristles are meant to gently break up any debris or plaque that has formed on your teeth. If you push too hard, those bristles push their way into the tiny pores of your teeth and can do a lot of damage. What you can actually end up doing is wearing away some of the enamel that protects your teeth. This is something your body works hard to keep on your teeth, and something you definitely want there as it is a main defense against cavities. Also, when you use a toothbrush with really hard bristles, it can also wreak havoc on your gums. This can leave your gums bleeding and sore, potentially causing other issues in your mouth since your gums are constantly in the process of trying to heal.

In order to avoid this type of damage, you want to go with a toothbrush with soft bristles. This helps to clean your teeth without taking off any of the enamel. Plus, the soft bristles also are far more gentle on your gums, leaving them in much better condition when you are done cleaning your mouth. For more information, ask about the type of toothbrush you should use at your next dental exam.

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