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Spencer Burnham, DMD
I love dentistry because it allows me to do something meaningful and rewarding as a career. I enjoy helping people get out of pain, restoring confidence in their smiles, and the opportunity to build long term relationship with the patients who trust me with their care. For me, dentistry is about helping people. This was recognized by my clinical faculty in dental school when I was given the Patient Centered Care Award at graduation.

Education and Continuing Education
I studied Business and Hospitality Management at BYU-Hawaii and graduated with a double major in 2004. In 2010, after six years in various sales capacities, I enrolled at the University of Utah as a Biology major in preparation for Dental School. I was admitted to Roseman University of Health Sciences in 2012 and graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2016.

One of the reasons I was drawn to dentistry is because the profession demands a lifetime of learning. I am a member of the Southern Oregon Dental Society, the Oregon Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of LDS Dentists. I look forward to continuing my professional development through these associations.

Family Life
I grew up in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, a small agricultural town about four hours east of Vancouver. I fell in love with Medford when looking for a place to settle in the Northwest because it reminds me of home, but with a better winter. In my spare time I enjoy water-skiing, camping, playing guitar and spending time with my wife and three children. I am excited to experience the great fishing, rafting and other activities the Rogue Valley has to offer.

Effects of Not Brushing Your Tongue
You probably already are aware that brushing your teeth is vital to good dental health. But have you ever considered the importance of brushing your tongue? Brushing your tongue can help remove any food particles or bacteria and prevent any negative effects that result.

Struggles with Bad Breath

Nobody wants to have bad breath. However, if you are not brushing your tongue, you are setting yourself up for issues here. Remember that the surface of your tongue is anything but smooth: on the contrary, it is covered with bumps, crevices, and pits where all sorts of odor-causing bacteria can hide.

If you do not brush your tongue, bacteria can collect in these areas. As a byproduct of their biological processes, the bacteria release compounds that contribute to bad breath. Meaning, if you are not brushing your tongue, you are setting yourself up for more issues with this embarrassing problem.

Health Issues

Of course, as embarrassing as bad breath can be, it is not the most dire outcome of not brushing your tongue. All those nasty bacteria that can hide in the pits and wrinkles on your tongue could do some real damage to your health.

Keep in mind, the bacteria procreate very quickly, meaning that they will raise the overall level of bacteria in your mouth—which lead to other oral health issues. For this reason, failing to brush your tongue can contribute to health problems down the road.
Next time you are brushing your teeth don't forget to brush your tongue. Your mouth will thank you for it.



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