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We are happy to announce that we have re-opened! We have implemented additional measures to keep the common areas of our office sanitized. This is in addition to the regular disinfecting and sterilization of our clinical areas that we have always done. We hope that you are well and are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Jacob O. Layer, DMD: Medford, OR Dentist

Dr. Jake Layer was born in Arcata, CA in 1975 to Dr. & Mrs. David Layer (also a dentist). Since age 3, Dr. Layer has lived in Southern Oregon. He is a graduate of Ashland High School and Oregon State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science with a Chemistry minor. In 2003 he received his DMD degree from the Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry in Portland, OR. He and his wife, Amber, live in Medford with their five children: Darci, Joel, Mara, Seth, and Chloe. The Layers enjoy outdoor adventures including hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, swimming, skiing and snowboarding.
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It's definitely a crazy time right now with the COVID-19 pandemic, toilet paper frenzy and sanitizer rationing. One thing we can all do that will benefit us and those around us is to smile.
Smiling releases endorphins (natural pain killers), dopamine, and serotonin (natural anti-depressant) into our bloodstream helping out body to relax and lower our heart rate and blood pressure. In addition, smiling releases neuropeptides: tiny molecules that help us fight off stress. Smiling and laughing also boost our immune systems by increasing immune cells and antibodies!
Smiling is also infectious! When someone else observes you smiling it will make them want to smile as well.
Smiling also activates the orbitofrontal cortex in the people that see you smiling. This is the reward processing area of the brain so other people feel as if they are being rewarded by seeing you smile.
So when you're feeling down, overwhelmed, or stressed, try to smile (faking it works, too!). That toothy grin (or even toothless!) will do wonders for those around you while benefiting you as well. It's a win win!

- Jocelyn RDH

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Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC | | 541-734-0970
1485 East McAndrews Rd., Medford, OR 97504