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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

For thousands of residents in Salt Lake City, the name Cannon is synonymous with a great smile. That’s because three generations of Cannon dentists have given folks living in and around Utah’s capital city a reason to show off their pearly whites.

The tradition began with Dr. Munn Quayle Cannon in 1917, who opened his practice in the Templeton Building—a high-rise that once stood on the corner of Main and South Temple where the Kennecott or Gateway East building now stands. Later, Munn Quayle moved his practice two doors east on South Temple to what was once known as the Medical Arts building. His son Munn Dalton joined him to practice there. But they didn’t remain there. They moved the practice one more time to 1060 E. 1st South where today Dr. David Cannon, Munn Dalton’s son, continues the tradition, caring for more than 3,000 patients.

Through the years, dentistry has no doubt undergone substantial changes. I recently visited David who told me just how much. He said a predominant part of his grandfather’s practice was treating patients with dentures. Back then, getting dentures at middle age was simply an inevitable part of getting old. But these days, we’re keeping our teeth, and they’re looking better than ever.

David said dentistry has gone from tooth repair to tooth perfection—where teeth have never been straighter and smiles have never been brighter. Tooth decay is now highly preventable, he said, though its cause—bacteria—once eluded dental experts.

David took over the Cannon practice in 1983 after his father retired. He began treating patients who had gone to his father and even his grandfather. The list has steadily grown over the years—not as a result of any kind of advertising but simply from word of mouth. I asked about success stories. David said they happen every day. They are patients overjoyed with their improved smiles, and for him, that’s what makes it all worthwhile. Well, good dentistry certainly shows. Thanks to Dr. David Cannon and the Cannon legacy of great dental care, so many of us have every reason to smile.

For Zions Bank, I’m Fred Ball. I’m speaking on business.

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