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JOCELYN, Dental Hygenist
Jocelyn was born and raised here in Southern Oregon. She graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and a minor in Psychology. She loves photography with her favorite subjects being her 3 pups: Kei, the fun loving cocker spaniel; Lulu, the lazy yorkie mix; and Tala, the wild pitt mix puppy. Jocelyn also enjoys riding her Yamaha Raptor 700 on the Oregon dunes! She loves everything outdoors, whether it be rafting the Rogue or napping in the summer sun. Jocelyn also enjoys traveling: she has been to 32 of the 50 United States, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, China, Fiji, and would love to travel to Ireland, Croatia, and New Zealand some day.

CASSIE, Adminstrative Assistant
Cassie is originally from the Bay Area, but moved here with her family to Medford when she was very young. She graduated from High School in 2004, after which she attended Abdill Career College of Dental Assisting. She worked as a dental assistant for a year and a half in Eugene, OR. Then she returned to Medford in 2006 and has been working as a dental administrative assistant ever since.

Shannon, Chairside Assistant
Shannon has been a resident of the beautiful Rogue Valley her entire life. She attended Rogue Community College in 1996 & 1997 where she completed courses in dental assisting. She brings with her 15 years of experience as the newest member of Dr. Jake's Team.

Dogs Can Get Perio, Too!
Getting your dog to brush its teeth has always been problematic (some excuse about not having opposable thumbs). As a result, gum disease is a common problem which, as we all know, affects the whole body. Also, untreated perio disease can lead to tooth loss for your dog, hampering their eating. They will usually still eat, just not effectively. So care should be taken to prevent perio disease in your dog.

Brushing my three dogs' teeth is a royal pain so I get it done by the groomers or their vet. If you start brushing your dog's teeth when they are young it definitely trains them to tolerate it well (weird, same for kids!).

Another way to help prevent perio disease in your dog is to give them real bones to chew on. The natural act of gnawing on the bone helps to cleanse their teeth and stimulate their gums. We get cow bones weekly from the Butcher Shop in Eagle Point and they LOVE them.

Fun fact: dogs do not naturally get cavities! So when your dog is having to get teeth removed it's because of perio disease. They only way a dog gets a cavity is if he or she has corn in their diet, which they don't need and should be avoided.

We all love our four-legged family members and want them to live long happy lives, and taking care of their pearly whites plays a small but crucial role in that. So go grab them a cow bone to chew on, I'm sure you'll get a few slobbery kisses as a thank you. :)

- Jocelyn RDH

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