Glendale Dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox and Oral Cancer Detection

Posted: December 27, 2013 Study results have shown that a clinical oral examination alone may not detect with reliability between benign, dysplastic lesions and oral squamous cell carcinoma.  Some early stage cancer lesions may manifest in oral mucosa that appears to be normal to the naked eye during an examination.  The fact that oral squamous …

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Perio Protect Praised by Periodontist in Recent Publication

Posted: November 23, 2013 At our Glendale dental office, cosmetic and sedation dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox and the entire staff at DesertSmiles strive to provide the latest in quality and preventive dental care.  The Perio Protect method we offer our patients was recently praised by practicing periodontist (gum specialist) Dr. Bruce Cochrane in Dental Products …

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Foods to Eat after Oral Surgery

After an oral surgery procedure, such as the removal of wisdom teeth, you will be advised to stick largely to liquids and soft foods as your mouth heals. Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox will thoroughly review your dietary guidelines with you prior to your cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedure. Individual recommendations will vary depending …

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Diet and Dentistry

“You are what you eat.” You’ve probably heard this cliché so much that you disregard it when it’s said with any seriousness. Yet, like many clichés, there is some truth in the phrase; your diet affects both your dental health and your overall health. During your regular dental check-ups, Glendale, Arizona, dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox …

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Buying a Mechanical Toothbrush

Although a soft-bristled, manual toothbrush is perfectly fine for maintaining good oral health (provided that you brush at least twice a day followed by flossing at least once daily), mechanical toothbrushes have become increasingly popular. During your regular dental check-ups, Phoenix dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox can answer your questions about the best toothbrushes for your …

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Gums and Oral Health

Healthy gums are important to both your oral health and your overall systemic health. Experienced Glendale, Arizona, dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox and the friendly team at Desert Smiles understand the value of healthy gums and emphasize preventive dentistry in an effort to help you maintain a bright, healthy smile and address potential issues before they …

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Do you floss regularly? You should. Flossing removes food particles and plaque that build up in between your teeth which cannot be reached when brushing. If this plaque is not removed, it will harden and form tartar, which leads to gum disease and tooth loss. Yet despite the important function performed by flossing, a startling …

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How regularly do you floss? Is it part of your daily oral hygiene regimen, or do you consistently find a reason not to perform this important action for maintaining healthy teeth and gums? According to a recent survey, only 49% of Americans floss every day, while 10% never floss at all. Unfortunately, this poor compliance …

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Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems experienced today. Over time, tooth decay leads to the formation of cavities. When left untreated, cavities get larger and impact the deeper layers of your teeth. Eventually you may develop an infection or abscess, and in serious cases it can even lead to tooth loss. …

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