Phoenix dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox and the staff of DesertSmiles continue to provide the latest in quality dental care for Glendale and Peoria patients.  The latest addition is the OralID cancer screening device to our hygiene department.  The size of a small flashlight, the OralID is the first device to combine proven fluorescence technology with no need for nasty tasting rinses or dyes prior to its use.  The fluorescence technology allows us to utilize a specific blue light to be able to identify oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage, thus saving lives.  Identifying abnormalities not seen with the naked eye, OralID allows to locate possible life threatening conditions in their earlier stages, where the survival rate is much higher.

Oral cancer kills one American every hour.  42,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013.  Of those 42,000, 18,000 will not be alive in five years.  Due to its late stage recovery, the mortality rate for oral cancer is higher than the rates for many common cancers such as cervical, testicular, thyroid, and skin cancer.  But now with the push of a button, we can distinguish between healthy and abnormal cells, as abnormal cells have a lack of fluorescence, or appear dark.  If you live in Phoenix or Glendale and want the latest in preventive dental and systemic health, give our Glendale dental office a call at 602-978-1790.  For more information about the finest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry in the Phoenix area go to

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