Dentist in Lenoir and Valdese, NC

All our professionals at John W. Cox, DDS maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

John W. Cox, DDS

Lenoir & Valdese, NC Dentist Dr. John W. Cox

Dr. John W. Cox graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he received a B.S. degree in Biology.  In 1997, he graduated from the University of Illinois at College of Dentistry receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.  Dr. Cox is a member of the NC Dental Society along with the Western Piedmont Dental Society.  Doctor Cox has certificates in Invisalign, Laser Dentistry, and Dental Implants.  

After graduating from dental school, Dr. Cox worked briefly at the Burke County Health Department.  He then started his practice in Lenoir in 1998 where he worked out of a small treatment room in another local dentist office.  In 2000, he opened the doors at his Lenoir location on Harper Ave.  After great success, in 2008, he opened the Valdese office location on Main St. in Downtown Valdese across from the bakery.

With both offices going well, Dr. Cox and his staff strive to provide only the highest of dental care treatment to his patients.   Dr. Cox’s aim is to work towards returning patients’ mouths back into an esthetic, functional whole.  “Education is a key;” notes Dr. Cox, “a lot of people are unaware at how important their teeth are to the quality of their lives until they lose them.  An ounce of prevention can go a long ways towards a healthy, beautiful smile.”  Regular check-ups and cleanings along with proper brushing are essential to prevention, but it has to start by setting up an appointment to get started.

Jessica, Registered Dental Hygienist

John W. Cox, DDS Registered Dental Hygienist Jessica

Hello, it’s nice to meet you!  I started my professional life in the health field as a Medical Office Assistant and later became interested in the dental hygiene field.  I graduated from Catawba Valley Community College in 2008 and joined Dr. Cox’s practice in 2010.  My true goal is to educate and help patients understand their oral health and find ways to help achieve their dental goals.

I currently reside in Hickory with my pets and enjoy reading, movies, and cooking.  I truly care for all my patients and their oral health, and I look forward to getting to be part of keeping your smile healthy.

Karen Sharpe

John W. Cox, DDS Dental Assistant Karen Sharpe

I am a 1996 graduate of Western Piedmont Community College.  I have been a dental assistant with Dr. Cox’s dentistry team since 1997.  I feel that it is rewarding to improve patients smiles from start to finish.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing basketball, swimming and playing with her miniature horses.







420 Harper Ave
Lenoir, NC 28645

405 Main Street
Valdese, NC 28690