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JOCELYN, Dental Hygienist, RDH
I was born and raised here in the Rogue Valley and attended the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls where I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and a minor in Psychology. In addition to oral health, my professional passion and focus is natural whole-body health. Everything is intricately connected within us and around us. My husband and I met during school at OIT and together we have 2 wonderfully goofy kids. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my kiddos and the ever growing menagerie of animals on our mini farm.

CASSIE, Chairside Assistant, EFDA
I am originally from the Bay Area, but moved here with my family to Medford when I was very young. I graduated from High School in 2004, after which I attended Abdill Career College of Dental Assisting. I worked as a dental assistant for a year and a half in Eugene, OR then returned to Medford in 2006 and have been working as an assistant here ever since. I now have my EFDA certificate which I'm so proud of!

SHANNON, Chairside Assistant, EFDA
I became a proud member of Dr. Jake Layer's dental team in February 2014. Working as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant has given me a fantastic opportunity to help educate and care for the best patients Southern Oregon has to offer. Outside of work, I enjoy time with my husband of over 40 years, our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. Together we enjoy camping, cooking, and watching movies. In my spare time I love to kick off my shoes, grab my laptop and write fiction.

CARLY, Administrative Assistant
I was born and raised in the Rogue Valley and graduated from high school in 2013 then attended Rogue Community College shortly after. In 2018 I graduated from Southern Oregon Dental Assisting Education. I enjoy shooting, camping, fishing, hunting and spending time with my husband, two children, and two dogs. Currently I am working towards becoming EFDA certified and Radiology certified.
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What Saliva Does When You Eat or Drink Something Acidic
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Acidic foods can harm your dental health, which is why you should consider drinking a glass full of water or rinse your mouth thoroughly after you consume acidic foods. The acid lowers the pH level in your mouth. This causes the pH level of your saliva to drop as well. Also, your saliva becomes acidic and your teeth spend more time in the acidic environment that promotes tooth decay.

It is possible to graph the affect of pH on tooth enamel & dentin. There is a pH level below which decay becomes progressive. Above that pH line the tooth is safe and can even re-mineralize to some extent. Fluoride incorporates into the enamel of the tooth (even with topical use in adults) which effectively changes the tooth so that more acid is required to do the same amount of damage.

Baking soda added to the toothpaste (add more even if you're already using a baking soda toothpaste) creates a buffer system in the saliva. With daily baking soda use that buffer is then always present to bring the pH back up periodically throughout the day.

The next time you sip on an acidic drink or eat food with a lot of lime in it, remember to wash it down with some water. Then consider the benefits of fluoride and baking soda. If you have eaten something acidic, don't forget to floss well, so it can get rid of all the tiny acidic food particles in between the teeth and further lower the risk of cavities.

Here's to living saliva-neutral!

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