Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We follow infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.
Prior to your appointment, we will text you a health history screening. If you answer yes to any of these questions, we may ask you details of your situation and/or to reschedule your appt.
Call or text the office when you arrive for your appointment and we will let you know when we are ready for you to enter. Parents, companions, and children should wait in the car or run an errand. Please call us if you have specific questions regarding your account or treatment. If you would like to come in to speak to Dr. Hobson or the front desk directly, please stay in the reception area and practice social distancing. We would prefer to only have patients in the clinic at this time.
We ask that anyone who enters our office wear a mask or face covering. Staff members in our office will always be wearing masks .
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. We will also have you brush your teeth (if you were unable to do so at home) and rinse with Listerine for 30 seconds before entering the clinic in order to reduce viral and bacterial loads in the mouth.
We will also take your temperature using an infrared thermometer.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys, coffee and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for physical distancing between patients. Patients will be seated in the clinic at a 6 foot distance following Oregon Health Authority guidelines. This might mean you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment due to a decrease in the number of appointments each day.
Our office is now equipped with a plexiglass sneeze guard barrier in the front office and several plexiglass partitions in the clinic.
Our staff is also following routine cleaning and disinfecting strategies.
Dr. Kara Hobson is proud to support her community in Hood River Oregon
Come check us out to see what sets us apart in our community. Dr. Kara Hobson not only believes in healthy smiles; she believes in healthy lifestyles. That is why she is a proud supporter of healthy activities for children, like the Gorge Kids Triathlon. Check out the details below.
• Sunday, September 18, 2016
• 10:00 AM Race start
• Waterfront Park, Hood River
• Kindergarten – 5th Grade
• Entry fee for the Gorge Kids Triathlon is $20 prior to Sept. 17 and $30 on the day of the event.
Dr. Hobson will have a tent and table set up with lots of takeaways, so stop on by!
Dr. Kara Hobson, your Orthodontist for adults and children in Hood River, Oregon
Born and raised in Portland, Dr. Hobson is proud to be practicing close to her friends and family, and giving back to her community by creating beautiful smiles that last forever. She received a B.S. in Biology and graduated Cum Laude from Santa Clara University before entering the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. She attended a General Practice Residency at University of San Francisco and then returned home to pursue a Master of Science in Orthodontics at OHSU. Continued education and involvement in the field of dentistry are an important part of Dr. Kara’s commitment to her patients and her career. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, and Washington and Oregon State Dental Associations.
We are proud to serve our Hood River Oregon community for all of your Orthodontic needs. Call our office and schedule an appointment today! 541-716-5032
Summer, the time we all look forward to whether in are in school or not. Long, warm summer days that beg us to come play. Living in beautiful Hood River, we are never out of options to find something fun to do. In support of summer fun, Dr. Hobson is proud to sponsor Families in the Park this year. Come join us for summer fun!
As proud supporters of our community, we are always looking for opportunities to volunteer and support. If you have a suggestion for a group or event that we could participate in, please let us know.
Life is an adventure, braces don’t have to be is our motto in Hood River. Foods to avoid during braces will decrease your chance of broken brackets and keep you on track for getting your braces off in a timely manner.
Straightline Orthodontics just added a YouTube channel to our online library. We will update our channel regularly with great informational videos to help you along your orthodontic journey. Please follow us on our channel at, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqpH6Mq23oddyjisQBUD-Sg
Our first video can be watched and shared here. Let us know what you think and what you would like to watch!
Living and working in a small town has so many positives. We know our neighbors, we support our local economy and create sustainability; there is a conscious way to life out here in Hood River. For these very reasons, Dr. Kara Hobson has chosen to make Hood River Oregon her chosen place to live and work.
A shared value with our team is that our patients become our family. Once you step into our office, you will feel what sets us apart. We have created an atmosphere where you will have personalized care and attention at every visit. We have designed our practice so that we can have the time is takes to care for you each and every visit.
In addition to practicing Orthodontics, Dr. Hobson is committed to giving back to our community. Whether it is sponsoring Hood River Little League,
Having the support and endorsement of our community is something we do not take lightly at Straightline Orthodontics. Our biggest compliment is sharing your experience about our office with your friends and family. We are privileged to have the opportunity to become your friends while practicing the craft we love. Creating a community is what makes living and working here in Hood River so special!
Drs. Hobson is a big supporter of her Hood River community and your child’s overall health. One of the ways she supports both is by sponsoring the Hood River Little League.
This is a wonderful organization that provides the opportunity for all boys and girls ages 4-14 to participate in either baseball, soft ball or T-ball leagues. Straightline Orthodontics believe that participating in programs like this is a great way for kids to build self-esteem, stay healthy and spend time out side!
Dr. Hobson is happy to participate in bringing such a positive opportunity to the kids in our Hood River community! Registration is open now, you can find out more information online at http://www.eteamz.com.
Congress and the American Dental Association (ADA) has designated the month of February as Dental Health Month. The ADA sponsors this month to raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health.
Did you know that tooth decay is the number one preventable childhood disease? Prevention begins with good dental habits, the right diet and regular visits to the dentist at a very early age.
Many pediatric dentists recommend seeing children before the age of one. At this age, it’s about more than clean teeth, it is about developing a long lasting relationship with parent’s, the child and dental provider. This approach truly makes a difference in the lives of children and the movement for healthy kids.
It is never too late for your child to see a dentist. Pediatric dentists speacialize in the care and treatment of children. While some general dentists see children, it is important to talk with your dental provider to see if it is a good fit for everyone. Creating a great dental experience from an early age is ideal.
Setting the stage for a healthy dental foundation and establishing a great relationships will carry on for a lifetime. Seeing your dentist is just as important as seeing your physician. Hood River has many fantastic options for your children’s dental care. If you have any questions, Dr. Hobson is always available to you and your family.