September is Self Improvement Month, a month during which we are encouraged to look at those areas of our lives we find unsatisfactory and to take steps to mold them into something positive. For some, this means sticking to commitments, becoming more present, or engaging in new activities, but self-improvement needn’t be sweepingly emotional or excessively difficult.

Consider teeth cleaning. There is a clear and well-established connection between oral and systemic health. Gum disease, in particular, increases risks for serious health issues including heart attack, pancreatic cancer, kidney failure, and hypertension. This Self Improvement Month, you can commit to taking proper care of your teeth to not only ensure optimal oral health, but to reduce your risks for these larger and more worrisome issues.

If you brush your teeth twice a day, consider upping that to three or four times – adding times after lunch or a midday snack – and help keep teeth clean in between brushing by avoiding sugary foods and drinks. Commit to floss both morning and night as well, to help ensure better removal of plaque and bacteria from in between teeth.

Biannual visits with Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox should also be included in your self-improvement goals. These visits help keep teeth bright and attractive while allowing for prompt detection of oral health and beauty issues.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If your self-improvement lies more in the realm of aesthetics, it may be time to meet with Dr. Wilcox to discuss which cosmetic dentistry options would best enhance your smile. We offer a complete range of cosmetic services that can be used to address every issue with your teeth and gums to produce a clean, healthy, and bright appearance you’ll feel proud to show the world.

Some of our most popular cosmetic treatments are:

  • Porcelain veneers – placed on the front of teeth, veneers are shaped, sized, and shaded to improve the overall look of the smile
  • Dental bonding – applied to the surface of teeth, bonding can be used to reshape teeth, close gaps and spaces, and improve tooth color
  • Cosmetic gum lift – reducing gum tissue can help produce a better contour for the smile, making teeth appear longer while eliminating the “gummy smile”
  • Tooth whitening – professional strength bleaching gel and customized application trays help make our teeth whitening services significantly more effective and comfortable than store-bought options

Cosmetically minded, Dr. Wilcox has even geared our general services towards cosmetic perfection. Tooth-colored fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays, and porcelain crowns are all available at our office and can be used to both restore and beautify the smile. During your next visit, Dr. Wilcox can answer any questions you may have about our services and help you determine which are best suited to produce the look of your dreams.

This Self Improvement Month, take steps to protect and enhance your smile. Call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilcox and learn how we can help.

Located in Glendale, Dr. Wilcox serves the communities of Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, Peoria, and all surrounding areas.

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