Desert Smiles Blog

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

November 15th, 2008

Visit to see the latest in the ongoing growth in the popularity of the PPM mouthguards.  The PPM is not an average mouth guard.  It is created with a scientific purpose and form.  By helping to properly align your jaw muscles, it improves muscle management, vetebrae positioning and airway opening.  These work together to increase your core muscle strength and balance.

You deserve to stay ahead of the competition.  See how the PPM can help you train smarter and more effectively.  Besides providing the PPM, at DesertSmiles we also provide the latest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry, and sleep apnea appliances in the Phoenix and Glendale, AZ areas.  Visit for more information.

November 14th, 2008

New research reaffirms that, relative to a control dentifrice, Cogate Tltal provided statistically significant reductions in key plaque and gingivitis measures. At 3 months, patients brushing with Colgate Total had lower index scores for the following plaque and gingivitis measures in the mouth:

  • 46.9% reduction in gingivitis severity
  • 18.6% reduction in whole-mouth plaque
  • 15.8% reduction in whole-mouth gingivitis

For outstanding preventive dental care, cosmetic and sedation dentistry, and sleep apnea care in the Phoenix and Glendale, AZ areas visit

October 19th, 2008

More than 250 dentists in North America, Australia and Singapore are distributing the Pure Power Mouthguards.  Over 225 professional athletes and 2,000 amateur athletes have been been fitted.  Only dentists with extensive neuromuscular dental training such as Dr. Wilcox can be certified to do the fittings.

Some of these athletes have noted that their strength and endurance, on tests involving chin-ups, push-ups, sit-ups and bench presses, have improved by as much as 50 per cent.  St. Louis Rams kicker Josh Brown has increased the weights he lifts by 20 pounds.  NBA veteran basketball player and Olympian Michael Redd claims the device has significantly helped his strength, endurance and flexibility.  Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys 40 yd time was better this year than last after fitted with the PPM.

Manny Ramirez, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, statistics this year after being fitted with the PPM exceeded all previous periods of his hall of fame career.  Several PGA professional golfers are now reporting improved strength and balance from the PPM.  For more information regarding this fast growing phenomenen go to

For the finest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry, sleep apnea treatment, and PPM mouthguards in the Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona areas, DesertSmiles is the right place for you.

September 28th, 2008

DesertSmiles is pleased to announce the addition of Pure Power Mouthguards to our practice.  Dr. Donald Wilcox is one of the very few dentists, in the country, to gain this elite certifications.  Pure Power Mouthguard is a revolutionary advancement in neuromuscular dentistry and can help athletes, of all ages and abilities, get a dramatic boost in their training and performance.

Pure Power Mouthguard is a custom fitted mouthguard that has science behind it.  You can learn more about it and see some of the top athletes wearing one at

At the first PPM appointment we test to determine whether you are a candidate, use TENS to locate the optimal location for the musculature and take impressions of your upper and lower teeth.  The second visit is brief and consists of making sure the PPM fits the athlete perfectly.

If you are ready for a freee consultaton or to get started with your custom fitted Pure Power Mouthguard contact Dr. Wilcox, the only Pure Power Mouthguard certified dentist in Glendale and Phoenix, AZ, who can give you the power to train smarter!  Dr. Wilcox can be reached at 602-978-1790.  Visit our website for more information regarding cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and sleep apnea care.

September 27th, 2008

"I have just returned from vacation and am still overwhelmed with my beautiful smile.  I can't stop smiling!  Why didn't I do this sooner?  My students, family, or friends always thought I was sad, angry, or did not feel gook, when in reality I was too embarrasssed to smile because of the yellow stains on my teeth and the fillings showing through.  People even tell me I look younger now, another plus!  My regular dentist wanted to do my veneers, but I wanted the best.  It was the teacher in me that led me to you.  I did my homework and found that you were the "master" at creating new smiles.  You are truly an artist and well worth the drive!  Your staff was always courteous and efficient and made me feel welcome.  I am recommending you to everyone I know."    Rosemary F.

If you are looking for similar care in cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, or sleep apnea in the Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona areas visit or call 602-978-1790.

August 22nd, 2008

Don't like to floss?  Join the club.  But there's one downside to membership: you may be denying yourself the opportunity to live an additional 6.4 years.

Researcher from the renowed Cleveland Clinic have added to the growing realization that bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream.  This can contribute to inflammation and clogging of the arteries.  Flossing breaks up the bacterial plaque between the teeth and thus can increase your life expectancy.

So, even if you do not like flossing, do it once a day to remove food and plaque from your teeth and gums. The fact that it may keep you alive and healthy for an extra six yeas is more than enough to smile about.

For the finest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry in the Phoenix and Glendale, Az., areas visit or call 602-978-1790.

June 23rd, 2008

Dr. Wilcox spent 3 days this last week attending continuing education at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He was one of 25 dentists from across the US and Canada attending lectures from Dr. Kent Smith of Dallas. He is a dentist who has treated patients for sleep apnea and snoring for over ten years and is a expert in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine.

The field of Sleep Medicine is literally growing daily with the realization of the severity of sleep apnea and associated health risks. Nearly 70% of adults are estimated to have some degree of sleep apnea and in some cases it is life threatening. The effects on cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes are becoming more understood. Other ramifications vary from GERD to impotency, not to mention the effect of poor sleep on one's performance and ability to enjoy life to the fullest. It is estimated that nearly 20% of Americans sleep separately from their bed partners due to snoring.

We will be adding more information to our website shortly ( to help patients understand the ramifications of untreated sleep breathing disorders such as apnea and snoring. We will have more information regarding oral appliances and their use and effectiveness in treating sleep breathing disorders. For more information feel free to contact DesertSmiles at 602-978-1790.

For more information on cosmetic and restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry or sleep apnea in the Phoenix, Peoria, and Glendale Arizona areas please contact Dr. Wilcox.

June 01st, 2008

34,000 people a year are diagnosed with oral cancer, and 7,500 die from it. Just half of those diagnosed survive five years, according to the American Cancer Society. A typical oral cancer is life-threatening "largely because it is detected too late," says Richard Price, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association (

Symptoms of oral cancer can include:

  • Patches inside the mouth that are white, red or a mixture of red and white.
  • A sore on the lip or in the mouth that will not heal.
  • Bleeding in the mouth or loose teeth.
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing or difficulty in wearing dentures.
  • A lump in the neck or an earache.

The cornerstone of oral-cancer detection is an exam performed by your dentist or hygienist during a regular checkup. It should include the following:

  • Look and feel inside the lips and the front of the gums and the roof of the mouth.
  • Pull the cheeks out to see inside surfaces and back of the gums.
  • Pull out the tongue and examine its surfaces and bordering areas.
  • Feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, including under the lower jaw.

In addition to the above oral cancer exam at DesertSmiles Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, we offer the Vizilite Plus for cancer screening. Vizilite Plus is a simple, painless exam that gives the best chance to find any oral abnormalities at the earliet possible stage, and save your life.

It is recommended patients age 18+ be screened annually using the Vizilite Plus exam.

For more information about the Vizilite product, or cosmetic and restorative dentistry in the Phoenix and Glendale areas visit our website at

May 12th, 2008

A case was reported recently by the American Dental Association ( in Ohio where eight crowns were tested by an analytic company that had been outsourced to a lab in China. One crown tested positive for lead at 210 parts per million (ppm). The story also included news of a woman whose bridge tested positive for lead at 160 ppm.

What is the safe limit of lead? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a level of 40 ppm as the maximum that should be allowed in children's products. And apparently, a level of 600 ppm would trigger a federal recall of lead paint. Yes, that is lead paint that has too much lead.

The American Dental Association has asked the Food and Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control to investigate. The ADA reported it is estimated up to 15 to 20 percent of prostheses used in the USA originate in foreign labs, although the percent from China is presumably lower.

The ADA has encouraged patients to ask the following questions of their dentists:

1. Do you fashion your own crowns, bridges and other dental materials in the office or purchase them from a dental laboratory?

2. Where is the dental lab located?

3. Does the lab outsource crowns or bridges to a foreign country?

We use Microdental Laboratory in Dublin, CA., to make our dental crowns and traditional porcelain veneers (Macveneers). Our Durathin veneers (no prep alternative to Lumineers) are fabricated by Experience Dental Lab in Provo, Utah. Neither lab outsources any work to a foreign country.

One of the reason we do not use the Lumineer product is their restorations are fabricated in China.

For more information about restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona areas go to

May 11th, 2008

An increasing number of U.S. children are overweight, but a new study suggests it's not because they are pigging out on cookies and candy.

Being overweight is linked to a slew of health problems in kids, ranging from type 2 diabietes to sleep apnea to behavioral problems.  But apparently, tooth decay is not one of them.  Overweight children and teens ages 6 through 18 actually had less tooth decay than normal weight kids, according to a study in the April 2008 issue of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.  University of Rochester researchers analyzed data from nearly 18,000 kids who participated in a nationwide health and nutrition survey.

The American Dental Association ( has more information about kids' and teens' dental health.

For more information about restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona area go to