Pediatrician Develops Unique,
Life-Sustaining, Cavity-Fighting Mouth Wipe
Products is based in Tucson, AZ.
Our goal is to improve the health of individuals, especially children, by way
of improving oral health through applications of xylitol, a functional food
that reduces cavities. Our unique xylitol-based formula is an all-natural, clinically
proven way to fight cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth while supporting a
Dr. Ray Wagner MD, MS, FAAP, or
Dr. Ray, as he’s affectionately called by his patients, received a wakeup call
in early 2002 when a young patient – one that he had seen recently – appeared
in his clinic with a very high temperature and swollen cheek. What caused it
was something Dr. Ray hadn’t previously thought to check for – an infected
tooth. Ashamed to admit to himself that, like many pediatricians, he had
glossed over the oral care of this patient, Dr. Ray was galvanized into action.
Dr. Ray dedicated himself to
researching pediatric oral health and thus took his first step on the path to
establishing DR Products (Dr. Ray’s Products) with his wife, Marti. The
flagship product, a wipe that contained xylitol, an ingredient long known by
dentists to reduce cavity-causing bacteria, was christened “Spiffies,” by the
ingenious Marti, and a company was born. Dr. Ray’s vision to this day
is to improve pediatric oral health and eradicate the epidemic increase of
Early Childhood Caries (cavities), or ECC for people of all ages.
Dr. Ray began his career in
Tucson, AZ, working in private practice for ten years as a pediatrician. He had
chosen to work with children, he says, because “it’s just more fun. You do a
lot of well care, and it’s not just sickness [you see.]”
When family reasons moved Dr. Ray
and his family to Texas, Dr. Ray worked on the faculty of the Texas Tech Health
Sciences Center in El Paso. He later served as an Assistant Professor of
Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, where he met
his young patient that fateful day.
Now back in the beautiful Southwest, Dr. Ray is working at El Rio Community Health Center, further
demonstrating his dedication to helping a wide range of patients, especially
lower income families, where cavities are particularly widespread, maintain
good oral health.
Dr. Ray has continued
to grow the company, developing Spiffies “I Can Brush,” Tooth Gel, for children
to use when they outgrow tooth wipes, as well as products that deliver the
benefits of xylitol to other groups, specifically seniors and special needs
In addition to passionately
advocating for awareness of the epidemic rise of ECC via academic articles and
spreading the word about Spiffies to other medical professionals, Dr. Ray is a
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at A.T. Still School of Osteopathic
Medicine and actively participates in the education of medical and osteopathic
students and residents.
Ray A. Wagner is Board Certified by the American Board of
Pediatrics and holds a medical license in Arizona.