Desert Smiles Blog

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

June 10th, 2007

A study in the May issue of the Journal of Periodontology identifies lifestyle factors that have the most impact on periodontal health.  Done in Japan from 1999 to 2003, the study found the number one lifestlye factor that independently impacted the progression of periodontal disease was smoking.  Hours of sleep closely followed.  Those participants who received seven to eight hours of sleep exhibited less periodontal disease than those with six hours or less.  High stress levels and daily alcohol consumption also demonstrated a significant impact on disease progression.

As we strive to deliver the best in Phoenix cosmetic and restorative dentistry, we realize periodontal health is paramount for longevity of our treatment. 

May 08th, 2007

Earlier this year we installed a new digital x-ray system which is working very well. As we pursue to be the best in Phoenix cosmetic dentistry, we incorporate the latest technology whenever appropriate. In the past we used the traditional films developed in a darkroom. This entire process in know outmoded by the digital 'sensor'. It is positioned briefly inside your mouth where it acts like a small VCR camera. This type of picture results in more comfort due to the rounded corners of the sensor. Our patients at DesertSmiles are now exposed to 60-90% les radiation than the x-rays of the past.

Another great benefit is the highly detailed image is instantaneously tanslated onto our computer screen. This image can be rotated, magnified, adjusted for contrast, and even color-coded for educaitonal purposes. It can be viewed on the patient tv screen to serve as a visual aid for discussions and education regarding the condition of your mouth and treatment options. Further, we can store it easily and efficiently in our computer , eliminating paper files. The digital image can be easily reproduced many times for insurance purposes, referrals or patient education.

April 23rd, 2007

For decades, the American Heart Association recommended that patients with certain heart conditions take antibiotics shortly before dental treatment.  This was done with the belief that antibiotics would prevent infective endocarditis.  The AHA's latest guidelines were just released and there is good news: the AHA recommends that most of these patients no longer need short-term antibiotics as a preventive measure before their dental treatment.

The new guidelines are aimed at patients who would have the greatest danger of a bad outcome if they developed a heart infection.  This would include artificial heart valves, a history of endocarditis, certain specific, serious congential conditions, and a cardiac transplant that develops a problem in a heart valve.

 The good news is patients who have taken prophylactic antibiotics routinely in the past but no longer need them include: mital valve prolapse, rheumatic heart disease, bicuspid valve disease and many congenital heart conditions.

For a complete overview of the new guidelines go to

April 22nd, 2007

Dr. Wilcox was approved by the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners for a Section 1303 Oral Conscious Sedation Permit. This involves a comprehensive site visit by two examiners to inspect our facility, equipment, records, drugs, emergency preparedness and sedation procedures. It also included an in depth oral examination of Dr. Wilcox to test his competency in dental sedation techniques and handling possible emergency procedures. This is required every three years along with a level of continuing education in these areas. As we strive to provide the best in Phoenix cosmetic dentistry, patient safety is always our number one priority.

March 05th, 2007

As part of our ongoing quest to provide the finest in Phoenix cosmetic and sedation dentistry we have included an AED to our emergency armentarium. Although we never have had or expect a serious emergency, being the most prepared possible is still our goal. In addition to CPR training yearly, we attend emergency medical training and comprehensive oral sedation training as well. The automatic electronic defibrillator has shown to dramatically improve the success rates in CPR.

February 10th, 2007

The entire clinical staff recently attended a course in the medical management of emergencies in the dental office. The speaker was Dr. Stanley Malamed of USC who is a world recognized leader and author in this field. The common causes of medical issues related to dental treatment were reviewed and appropriate treatment protocols discussed. With my extensive background and training in sedation dentistry, we as a staff are continually updating our emergency preparedness. We want you to have the finest in Phoenix cosmetic dentistry - SAFELY!

September 07th, 2006

Dr. Wilcox was recognized recently in the September issue of Phoenix Magazine as one of the top cosmetic dentists in Phoenix.  The ranking is based on the peer-review system - that is, dentists rate dentists.  1500 area dentists were surveyed and asked to name the top practitioners in seven specialties.  The theory is that dental professionals are best qualified to judge dental professionals.  The magazine listed 121 dentists in 7 different specialties.

 After the nomination process, the magazine checks each dentist against the state's dental board to determine whether the dentist has been convicted of malpractice or has faced other disciplinary actions.  Those who have are removed from the list.

We are gratified that enough other dental professionals think highly enough of our office to receive this recognition.  We appreciate the referrals we receive from other general dental offices and dental specialists.  We continue to work passionatly to provide the best in Phoenix cosmetic dentistry. 

February 12th, 2006

For many Americans going to the dentist is a frightful event, even though dentistry has changed so much in the past years.  Unfortunately, this is not enough for over 100 million people who avoid the dentist due to fear.  Dr. Wilcox has provided sedation dentistry for many years with his hospital training background in general anesthesia.  We have recently updated our techniques of anxiety-free dentistry.  We are experiencing even better results now than previously.   We have also implemented additional monitoring equipment to provide for the ultimate in patient safety.

Dr. Wilcox is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation - D.O.C.S.  They provide advanced education that allows treatment using oral medicaitons to be totally relaxed and absolutely comfortable.  We will have an extensive section coming to the website soon to more fully explain the techniques.  We always welcome your questions or interest in sedation dentistry.