RDHGloria received her RDA in 1996. She attended Hygiene school at Phoenix College in Arizona in 2002.
RDHJane attended hygiene school at Indiana University and graduated with an Associated Degree in Hygiene
DDSDr. Wesley Kubo is from Los Angeles. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery.
Dental Team LeadCrystal has been in the dental field and with this practice for 10 years.
Dental Treatment CoordinatorEmily Davis has been in dentistry field since 2004 as a Dental Assistant.
Treatment CoordinatorMelinda came to our practice in April 2013 as a Treatment Coordinator. She moved here from Virginia in June 2012.
RDA Hurst, TXVanessa graduated from school in 2010 and she recently joined Radiant Smiles.
RDAMayra started with Radiant Smiles in 2007 after she completed her Dental Assisting program.
RDATiffany has been a Dental Assistant for 20 years and obtained her license at TCC
If you have experienced tooth loss, you are not alone. In fact, more than 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth, while 178 million are missing at least one tooth. Here’s the good news: there are solutions for you. Dental Implants Function Much Like Natural Teeth While there are other tooth replacement options, dental implants have many advantages over other treatments. They are called “implants” because an artificial tooth root is placed, or implanted, in your jawbone. It is then covered by a natural-looking tooth replacement. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that incorporate an artificial root, allowing them to function much like natural teeth.
We have all heard that flossing our teeth is important… but is it really? Why should we floss, when, and how often? Are there different ways to floss, or techniques that are more effective? According to the American Dental Association, or ADA, flossing is essential, and should be done at least once a day to remove food and plaque from between teeth. The most important thing about flossing is simply that we do it!
We have all heard the advice “Replace your toothbrush every 3 months”, but how many of us actually follow that advice? Do we really believe that this is necessary? We may think to ourselves, “It doesn’t look worn out to me”, “That is just toothbrush companies wanting to make more money”, or “It still works just fine… why replace what works?” The truth is, you should replace your toothbrush every three months for many different reasons.
With the warming weather, many people take to water to stay cool. As children get out of school for summer break, the use of pools and other water recreation increases. How can we be aware of dangers, and keep our children safe, around water? The National Water Safety Month website has a lot of great resources to help, and you can find it here.
The beginning of summertime is the perfect time to begin orthodontic work! Getting braces takes a little getting used to, and there’s no better time to get started than when kids are home relaxing from finishing the school year! You may be wondering if your child, preteen, or teenager even needs orthodontics. The likely answer is YES!
There is some amount of debate connected with the removal of third molars, or wisdom teeth. Much research has been done, and many studies published, on this topic, due to the controversial question- “Should all wisdom teeth be removed, whether or not there is a significant reason to do it?” Many believe that the question is not a simple one, and deserves a lot of thought and consideration. So, what are the pros and cons of wisdom teeth removal, and how can you know if you are a candidate for third molar removal?
The end of the school year brings many stresses with it, including awards programs, recitals, class parties, and the all-dreaded end of term exams! Lives are very busy that last month of the school year- sometimes it feels like there is not time for proper oral hygiene. However, to make the top score on their dental exams, your kids need to learn and practice proper oral hygiene year round! Routine dental exams, proper brushing and flossing, and healthy eating habits are among our top recommendations for making sure your little ones’ teeth get an A+ by summertime. It’s important to teach your kids to care for those pearly whites at a young age, so that they can make top marks on dental exams throughout their lives!
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, there is a series of startling new facts related to the diagnosis, cause, and treatment of oral cancer:
- Roughly 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year alone.
- One person dies every hour from the disease, totaling more than 9,500 lives lost each year.
- Forty-three percent of those diagnosed will not be alive in five years.
- Mortality rates for oral cancer are significantly higher than other forms of cancer, such as thyroid, cervical, Hodgkin's lymphoma and several others.
- Oral cancer death rates are particularly high because of late-stage detection — not because it is difficult to diagnose.
- The HPV16 virus is another obstacle in early detection, because it does not cause the telltale lesions generally associated with oral cancer.
- People who survive oral cancer are 20 times more likely to develop the disease a second time.
- Oral cancer is often undetected by the patient, as there is rarely pain or other noticeable symptoms.
- It is estimated that the United States spends $3.2 billion annually on treatment of the disease.
- The majority of those diagnosed with oral cancer are over the age of 40, though instances of younger individuals getting the disease is on the rise, because of smokeless forms of tobacco and the sexually transmitted disease, HPV16.
The fact is clear: oral cancer kills. About one person every hour in the US dies from a type of oral cancer, over 48,000 people every year. One of the dangers of this cancer is that it can go unnoticed in its early stages. It can be painless, and physical changes may not be obvious. For these reasons, late stage discovery is more common than early detection, which leads to a higher mortality rate. What, then, are the causes of oral cancers, and how do we know if we are at risk of developing it?