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Look for Changes in Your Mouth

Woman Looking at Her TeethWhenever you find yourself brushing or flossing in front of a mirror, take the opportunity to really look inside your mouth. Self-Examination is the first line of defense in detecting potential problems… and the earlier, the better!

Open wide and look at all the soft tissues, watching for any unusual changes such as unexplained white or red patches, pain, swelling, or oral lesions. Most of the time, these are simply an injury from biting your lip, a burn from hot food, or an irritation due to salty or acidic foods. However, sores and patches that don’t heal after a period of 1-2 weeks can be a sign of trouble. More and more, researchers are recognizing that many systemic diseases show warning signs in the mouth. The most common of these include oral cancer, diabetes, leukemia, heart disease, and kidney disease.

Nobody knows your mouth as you do! So trust your instincts and contact us for an appointment if you have any unexplained changes like swelling, oral lesions, or pain.

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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