Desert Smiles Blog

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

February 09th, 2017

sedation dentistry candidate glendale arizona cosmetic restorative dentistFor millions of Americans going to the dentist can be a source of anxiety and unease. Unfortunately, some folks have had traumatic experiences in the past that inhibits them from seeking the dental help they may need. For others, the thought of any pain from dental work fills them with trepidation, causing them to avoid the experience all together. At Desert Smiles in Glendale, AZ, we understand that unease and use sedation dentistry practices to help you relieve any anxiety you may feel.

Dr. Donald Wilcox is a highly-trained cosmetic and restorative dentist with training in general anesthesia, IV sedation, and oral sedation. Because he wants each of his patients to feel at ease during their visit, he offers sedation dentistry to those who have a hard time at the dentist office. Your oral health is vitally important, and Dr. Wilcox will work with you to make sure you feel comfortable so that you can get the oral care you need.

Sedation dentistry may be good for you if you:

  • Suffer from dental fear and anxiety
  • Have had a past traumatic dental experience that makes you uneasy
  • Have a difficult time feeling the effects of anesthesia
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Need multiple procedures done in one visit
  • Have a fear of needles or shots
  • Have a fear of the noises, smells, and feelings associated with dental tools

Your oral health is closely tied to your overall health and neglecting oral care can significantly increase your risk of gum and tooth problems, as well as other serious health issues. If you're one of the millions of people who have a degree of fear related to the dentist office, let Dr. Wilcox use his sedation dentistry expertise to help you get the care you need.

If you're interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, contact our office at 602-978-1790 today to schedule your consultation. We happily serve those who live in the Glendale, Phoenix, and Peoria areas of Arizona.

January 21st, 2017

At our Glendale dental office the professional staff of hygienists provide the latest in non-surgical periodontal therapy.  As a integral part of that regimine we offer salivary testing for our Phoenix and Glendale dental patients.  Without salivary testing it is not possible to know accurately what the bacterial levels and types of bacteria present that are causing the periodontal disease.  With saliva testing we can:

1.  Identify the causative bacteria

2.  Determine a therapeutic endpoint

3.  Better risk assesment

4.  Determine risk level of recurrence

5.  Help select the best therapy approach and antibiotic selection

Incorporating this information gained from testing enables personalized care.  Knowing the types and strength of pathogenic bacteria ahead of time allows us to tailor the treatment plan with greater accuracy than ever in dentistry.  If sites do not respond to therapy we have a much better idea why rather that guessing.  It is totally painless and only takes a few minutes of your valuable time.

For the finest in preventive periodontal dental care and cosmetic dentistry in Phoenix and Glendale visit


January 12th, 2017

microdental laboratories elite dentist award 2016 dr. wilcox desert smiles cosmetic and restorative dentistry glendale arizonaDesert Smiles Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry’s own Dr. Donald Wilcox has recently been recognized as an Elite Dentist for 2016 from MicroDental Laboratories. The award is given to those in the cosmetic and restorative dental fields who exceed standard expectations and provide consistent quality care to their patients.

“We are excited to recognize Dr. Wilcox as an Elite Dentist for his important accomplishments in restorative and cosmetic dentistry with MicroDental,” said Dazia Bosworth, senior director of service and operations at MicroDental Laboratories.

Dr. Wilcox has been providing exceptional care to his patients in the Glendale and Phoenix areas since he began his practice in 1986. Since then he has focused on using the latest techniques and technologies to help people have attractive and healthy smiles. With extensive experience in both the cosmetic and restorative dentistry fields, Dr. Wilcox uses his knowledge and training to effectively evaluate and treat nearly every aspect of a patient’s dental needs.

Dr. Wilcox believes each patient is part of the Desert Smiles family and uses a personalized approach to customize treatment for your specific requirements. Because of his continued advanced trainings, he also provides services such as:

Dr. Wilcox Elite Dentist Award Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry


If you’re in need of quality care then look no further than Dr. Wilcox at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry. As the award from MicroDental Laboratories shows, he is truly an elite dentist who cares about you and your oral health. To schedule an appointment, contact our office today at 602-978-1790. We proudly serve the areas of Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Peoria, Arizona.

January 08th, 2017

Perio Protect is a comprehensive periodontal treatment approach thay we offer here at DesertSmiles at our Glendale dental office.  Recent studies continue to show that nearly half of all adults have some degree of gum disease.  The connection between oral bacteria and systemic health continues to be demonstrated in the medical literature monthly.  Although some periodontal treatments require surgery or or ineffective, the Perio Protect tray system is a simple treatment that reaches where your toothbrush, floss or mouthrinse can not.

The Perio Protect tray is similar to a mouthguard but designed with a special seating system to deliver medication below the gum line.  You simply place the medicaiton in the tray and wear if for at least 15 minutes a day between dental visits - its that easy. It treats the bacteria causing your gum with hydrogen peroxide based gel and in some cases localized antibiotics.  This can greatly minimize the need for surgery and systemic antibiotics.

Bacteria reproduce by the millions very quickly under the gums following preventive dental visits and cleanings.  But using the trays between professional visits, patients get far better results than with cleanings alone.  The Perio Tray is designed specifically to combact oral bacteris and supplement dental hygiene visits, helping you keep gum disease under control.

For more information about Perio Protect tray treatments or the finest in cosmetic dentistry in Glendale and Phoenix, visit for more information.

December 30th, 2016

Recent research from John Hopkins University School of Medicine has shown a bacterium that causes inflammatory gum infections also triggers the inflammatory autoimmune response characteristic of chronic, joint-destroying rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  These findings have significant implications for the prevention and treatment of RA, and add to the mounting evidence that controlling oral bacteria levels is critical not only to oral health but systemic health as well.

"This research may be the closest we've come to uncovering the root cause of RA," said firtst author Maximilian Konig, MD.  The study was puclished by Science Translational Medicine.  At our Glendale dental office our professional hygiene staff is well versed in the oral systemic connection and offer innovative non-surgical solutions such as Perio Protect Trays. For the finest in preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry in Glendale and Phoenix, visit for more information.

December 16th, 2016

Phoenix dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox participated last weekend in the Az Dental Association sponsored Mission of Mercy at Veterans Coloseum.  Dr. Wilcox provided free restorative dental treatment to a number of recipients, many of whom had camped out at the coloseum overnight or longer to receive much needed care.  This is the 5th year Dr. Wilcox has given back to our community in this manner.  Dr. Wilcox looks forward to next year to continue supporting this worthwhile venture in addition to providing charity care to needy individuals at our Glendale dental office.  For the finest in cosmetic dentistry, sleep dentistry, or dental implants for patients in Phoenix and Glendale, visit for more information.

November 28th, 2016

There are two primary options in dentistry today to replace a single missing tooth.  A traditional fixed bridge requires a crown to be placed on each tooth adjacent to the missing tooth with a fake replacement tooth connecting the two crowns.  The other option is a dental implant that eliminates the need to restore adjacent teeth.  A man-made root is placed in the bone in the area of the missing tooth.  Once healed a crown can be attacted to the implant to restore the missing tooth.  Above you can see the actual crown seated in the patient's mouth along with an xray showing the implant that was placed in the bone to support the crown.  This created the most natural replacement of a missing tooth possible in dentistry today.  At our Glendale dental office we perform many implant replacements for patients from Phoenix and Glendale.  For more information regarding implant dentistry visit  For a complimentary consult regarding cosmetic dentistry, implant or sleep dentistry call DesertSmiles at 602-978-1790.

November 26th, 2016

An October 2016 article in the Washington Post: "Does Gum Disease have a link to cancer, dementia, stroke?  One quote in particular from this article bears repeating: "While not definitive, the links between gum disease and diabetes, at-risk pregnancy, heart disease and stroke have been so consistent that some insurers offer extra preventive periodontal care a little or no cost to people with those conditions."  The article goes on to state that treating gum disease resulted in lower medical costs, per the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2014.

The Post article's focus is on the oral biofilm.  Offices which test for oral pathogens for periodontal patients as we do at DesertSmiles, realize the important role these bacteria hold in the initiation and progression of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, adverse pregnancy events, and a host of other systemic conditions. Dr. Robert Genco, from the Forsyth Institute was quoted "There is a complex microbiome, some of which seems to come from the mouth, in the fatty tissue of the heart walls where cholesterol and heart disease fester."  This chronic and transient oral bacteria in the bloodstream contribute to artherosclerosis and can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Increasing the awareness of the mouth-body connection is what we do daily at our Glendale dental office with our professional dental hygiene staff.  We provide the finest in preventive and non surgical periodontal care including oral bacteria testing, antibiotic therapy, laser therapy and perio protect trays.  For the finest in cosmetic dentistry, sleep dentistry or dental implants for patients in Phoenix and Glendale, visit for more information or call 602-978-1790.

November 20th, 2016

At our Glendale dental office our professional hygiene staff is passionate about providing the very best in preventive dentistry for our Phoenix and Peoria patients.  Part of that passion is keeping up with the latest in medical literature which continues to link oral bacteria to medical condiditons such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy.


The oral bacteria change whan a women becomes pregnant, and levels of periodontal bacteria increase.  Often during pregnancy, gum inflammation worsens due to increased levels of certain oral bacteria.  Not all but some studies show there is an increased risk of infection to both the placenta and the blood of the mother.  Either can lead to an increase in pre-term labor and lower birth weight in some cases.  Other studies have shown the long term risk for systemic health concerns in mothers with periodontal disease can lead to progression of atherosclerosis and the increased risk of venous thrombosis.


For a complete periodontal evaluation especially if you have a history of bleeding gums or you are pregnant, call602-978-1790.  For the finest in preventive and cosmetic dentistry, or sleep dentistry in Phoenix and Glendale visit for more information.

November 01st, 2016

A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a treatment designed to save a tooth that has nerve damage due to excessive decay or from a traumatic-related blow to the tooth. Because the symptoms mimic those of other conditions, you may not realize that your tooth’s nerve is damaged and in need of removal. We recommend viewing our slideshare for a guide to root canals. It may help you recognize the signs that you need the procedure and also help you know what to expect during treatment.

If you believe you may need a root canal, contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry at602-978-1790to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve those who live in and near Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Peoria, Arizona.