For 25 years, Doctor William Blackmore has brushed, straightened, flossed and whitened teeth in his Payson office on South Meadow Street.
To celebrate his silver anniversary, Blackmore, along with his associate dentist Dr. Benjamin Stark and seven staff members at Frontier Dental Arts, held an open house Saturday to say thanks to the community.
“I really appreciate the people and patients, some who have even been here since day one,” he said.
Blackmore started his practice in September of 1983, shortly after graduating from the University of Missouri in dentistry.
“I wanted to come west after school, because I grew up on a farm and did not want to be in a city,” Blackmore said. “I just happened through Payson and I was surprised by Arizona having trees and green stuff and not cactuses everywhere.”
Blackmore grew up in greener northeast Missouri near the Mississippi River. He became interested in the field of dentistry as a teen, because of the respect he saw the local dentist receive.
“It seemed like a good profession and I was always good in math and science and in those days if you were good in those things they encouraged you to be a doctor,” Blackmore said. “I like the independence, you are your own boss, and you live where you want to live.”
Over the years, Blackmore has seen his practice grow to more than 3,000 patients. Along with new patients comes new techniques and technology. “The number of new techniques is tremendous,” he said. “It gives us a lot of neat things we can do.”
Frontier Dental Arts offers teeth straitening, including Invisalign, whitening and laser fillings.
“A lot of older people are into the cosmetic stuff,” Blackmore said. “There is a definite trend in cosmetic surgery because it has become more available and for economic reasons people can now do more to beautify their teeth.”
The laser fillings are popular for children because anesthetic is not needed, he said.
The office recently began selling a cavity-fighting lollipop. The lollipop contains a Chinese licorice root that doctors claim stops tooth decay. The orange flavored pops temporarily stop the cavity causing bacteria in children and adults. Blackmore said it is too early to know if the lollipops work after only three months of selling them.
“The research shows they are effective and maybe it will keep kids from eating candy,” he said.