Dr. Whillock began his career in dentistry in 1961 at Marquette University School of Dentistry. While in dental school he was recruited by the former head of the Crown and Bridge Department to become his in office lab technician. This gave him the opportunity to learn about real world dentistry by shadowing a master while a dental student. Upon graduation from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1965, he was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Whillock was also awarded the Mosby Award for Excellence in Crown and Bridge.
After graduation from Marquette, Dr. Whillock served two years in the U. S. Public Health Service on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. After two years of practicing general dentistry in the Public Health Service and two additional years of private practice in Winona, Minnesota, he enrolled in the Graduate Program in Periodontics at the University of Minnesota. After two years of additional learning and research in that program, he began the private practice of periodontics in Rapid City, South Dakota. Dr. Whillock retired from private practice in 2011.
During his years of practice, he held offices in several dental organizations including president of the South Dakota Chapter of the American Society for Preventive Dentistry, terms as President and of Secretary/Treasurer of the Black Hills District Dental Society and Secretary-Treasurer of the Rocky Mountain Society of Periodontists. He also belonged to several other professional organizations including the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the American Dental Association. He has been a presenter and a participant in several Study Groups.
Dr. Whillock’s peers have honored him by electing him to memberships in the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, both honorary dental organizations. The South Dakota State Dental Association awarded him the Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and the Honored Guest Award for the Annual Meeting of the State Dental Association in 2014. (This award is understood to be equivalent to being inducted into the “Hall of Fame” for South Dakota Dentists)
During his years in dental practice, Dr. Whillock attended more than 3800 hours of continuing education. He has continually searched for ways to improve patient care and patient health.
DR. WHILLOCK’S JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF A TRULY EFFECTIVE ORAL HYGIENE SYSTEM
Dr. Whillock became frustrated by the fact that an unacceptable percentage of patients were not successful in keeping their mouths completely healthy while using the currently available oral hygiene devices in spite of the extra time he spent teaching them the various methods of brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwashes. (See The Myths-Misconceptions-Misrepresentations on this site) The health of their mouths would frequently deteriorate over time. This was true even for those who tried their best by diligently following the “rules” for good homecare. It is simply too difficult, too time consuming or a combination of both for most people to actually succeed in keeping their mouths disease-free by using these traditional methods. The primary reason for this is that these methods as practiced my most people, are not effective in keeping the population of pathogenic bacteria living in the areas between the teeth at the miniscule levels required to maintain health. This is a common problem and why the dental profession generally teaches that periodontal disease cannot be cured.
Dr. Whillock tried and tested hundreds of products and combinations of products using both clinical and microscopic parameters for their evaluation. He found that using these products failed to make it easy for his patients to succeed maintaining disease-free mouths. And this is why he pursued a more effective and easier-to-use method of controlling oral biofilms.
Because he was unable to find a device that made it easy for his patients to control bacterial biofilm in the interproximal areas, Dr. Whillock sought to develop one. He wanted a device and method that made it easy for people to remove pathogenic bacteria from the interproximal areas while simply brushing thoroughly. He wanted to make it easy for his patients to succeed in keeping their mouths healthy.
The oral care system Dr. Whillock invented has been proven to meet that need. When the majority of patients who used the system came for their routine cleanings, they had little or no clinically detectable biofilm, no gingival inflammation or bleeding and in most cases, there was radiographic evidence of bone regeneration especially in vertical osseous defects. In essence, their disease was cured. And as they said in their testimonials, they found it easy to use. (See video clips of patient testimonials on this site.)
Dr. Whillock’s many years of real world experience with everyday people in his dental clinic has convinced him that this method of oral hygiene establishes a new Gold Standard for the profession and for consumers.
He has been convinced that, although the lost bone and soft tissue does not regenerate itself entirely, periodontal disease can be cured. Just as controlling or eliminating the infective organisms can cure strep throat, pneumonia or an infected toenail, tooth decay and periodontal diseases can also be cured.
It is time for the dental profession, and the manufacturers who support them, offer consumers an easier oral care method and the products required to be successful in the pursuit of disease-free mouths.
Dr. Whillock’s mission now is to make this Oral Care System available to anyone who would like an easy way to achieve and maintain exceptional mouth health, comfort and beauty.