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Benefits of Switching Your Toothpaste Now and Again
Toothpaste can be one of the more boring parts of brushing your teeth. Once you find a flavor that works, it is easy to just stick with it so you do not need to put any thought to buying more. However, by simply swapping out the toothpaste you use, it could help improve your oral health. If you are not sure how this could help, let's explore this a little.

Changing Toothpaste Helps You Pay Attention

Your toothpaste does not have to be mundane. In fact, it can be far more flavor possibilities than you may realize. You may only think about mint, but even just in the mint family there are several options. There are cinnamint, peppermint, wintergreen, and spearmint. However, outside of the mint family, you have several flavor options, including coffee, jasmine, chocolate, frosting, and bacon (really?!). Not only do these options allow you to have more fun, they also increase your awareness. When you change up the flavor, the experience is different. You feel around your mouth to take in the flavor and often brush with more attention. You get into different spots more effectively than when brushing has become too routine.

One simple switch of flavors could allow you to brush better than you have overall in a while. Instead of being bored with your dental routine, take a few minutes to look around the toothpaste aisle. You may just find a fun flavor of toothpaste that makes your four minutes of brushing each day just a little more pleasant.

Have an unusual toothpaste flavor? We'd love to hear about it!

The Maslow Project Mission
We empower homeless youth to thrive independently through supports that stabilize and engage in all aspects of life.

Dr. Layer & Team are happy to help the Maslow Project and they kids they support! By supporting the Maslow Project you can help those kids too. The Maslow Project helps homeless kids get the support they need to meet basic life necessities so that they can get an education, stay safe, and re-connect with caring adults. You can become a stabilizing influence in the life of a homeless youth! We are collecting donations for the Maslow Project. Come by anytime and give.

Maslow’s Most Needed Items:
Diapers (size 3-6)
Baby Wipes
Body Wash
Feminine Hygiene Products
Nail Clippers
Lip Balm
New Socks (Infant-Adult Sizes)
New Underwear

Single Serve Meals, Fruit Cups, Crackers, Granola Bars,
Frozen Dinners

Camping Supplies
Tents, Tarps, Sleeping Bags

Cold Weather Items
Hats, Gloves, Hand Warmers

Warm Weather Items
Sunscreen, Hats
See the Maslow Project website for more info
Do You Have to Brush a Crown Differently?
When you get a dental crown, it is important that you take care of it. It was put into your mouth to help protect a tooth, and now you need to take care of it so it can do its job. You need to brush it just as well as you do the rest of the teeth in your mouth. Plus, you need to make sure to floss around it. While the crown material itself will not rot, the underlying tooth can, even with a crown on it! Than's right, even with a crown, that tooth's NOT immune to cavities. In fact the tooth beneath the crown is more prone to damage than a healthy tooth that's never had a cavity, filling, or crown. This is because where the crown meets the tooth (we call this area the "margin") is a micro-gap large enough for bacteria to invade underneath the crown. Yuck!

And you usually cannot tell if there is a cavity underneath a crown without a detailed examination by a dentist. But don't worry, as long as you're seeing us for your regular checkups we're constantly checking the margins of your crown (or crowns). If we see something to worry about we'll tell you right away. If it's been a while since you've had a checkup then give us a call today. Let's check those crown margins to see that everything is OK. If not then you can fix the tooth while the problem is small, saving you time and money. Let us help take the worry out of it for you! Just brush and floss well every day, keep your checkups, and you'll be doing all that you can to keep those crowns clean and healty.

How Soft Food Diets Can Harm Your Jaw
Your jawbone is just like every other bone in your body. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. When you do not use your bones enough, they slowly deteriorate. When it comes to your jaw, it gets used when you chew up your food. If you only eat soft foods, you're not maintaining your jaw bone optimally. So be sure to mix some harder foods into your diet. This should include lean meats, or in cases of those who opt for a vegetarian diet, hearty produce and nuts are a great option as well. Remember: all things in moderation - don't go too far and over-work your jaw! It's all part of a balanced diet and that's good for you!

The RESC is Southern Oregon's branch of what is know as The Seattle Study Club. Seattle Study Club, Inc. is an international network of doctors interested in furthering their knowledge to provide excellent care to each and every patient that comes into their practice. Thanks to the RESC we benefit from outstanding continuing education right here in Medford! RESC is a big part of how we strive to elevate care for our patients, for each other, and for our families!
Dr. Jake and his Team would love to hear from you! Got a question? We can help!

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



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