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
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?
What is Oral Cancer? We hear about it occasionally, but not many people know much about it. What are the signs of this disease? Is it preventable or detectable? Are there different stages, and what are they? We probably all have questions like these. Knowledge is a powerful key to prevention, detection and treatment of this terrible disease. Oral, or Pharyngeal Cancer is the largest group of cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category, making up about 85%. Common names for oral cancer include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer. Oral cancer is a very common cancer; about 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year alone. It is estimated that one person dies every hour from oral cancer. The survival rate at 5 years from the time of diagnosis is slightly over half, or about 58% of all people diagnosed. Oral cancer mortality rates are higher than other widely known cancers such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid. This is mostly due to discovery, diagnosis and treatment taking place in the later stages of the cancer, not because it is more difficult than other cancers to find and diagnose.
A discolored smile can be a big problem for many young people, making them shy or uncomfortable with the way they look. On the other hand, having whiter teeth can boost self confidence and help them feel comfortable with their smile. Before you slap a whitening strip on your tween or teen’s teeth, however, make sure you weigh all the risks and benefits. While a youth’s teeth may not be as white as they would like, using whitening or bleaching products might not be the best idea for their overall oral health. It is good to know all of the factors, the different products available, and possible side effects associated with whitening before going ahead with it.
Today, women make up almost half of all dental school students, and about 25% of all practicing dentists. It was not always so, however. In America, prior to the 1970’s, women made up less than 3.5% of all dentists. In the last 45 years, women have made significant changes to the world of dentistry. More women than ever are obtaining degrees, establishing dental practices, and making strides in the dental profession. In the late 1800’s women began to have a presence in dental schools and the dental profession, although that presence was very minimal. According to Hannelore T. Loevy and Aletha A. Kowitz in “Dental education for women dentists in the United States: The beginnings”, American dental schools began to accept women into their programs in 1866, when the first woman was enrolled in a dental program. By 1891-1893, there were 69 women in dental programs across the United States, making up 2.3% of dental school students. Many University dental school programs, however, took a little longer to start accepting women into their programs; one prominent dental school, for example, waited until 1952 to accept women into their dental school.
National Nutrition Month® originally began in 1973 as “National Nutrition Week”, started by the American Dietetic Association. Because it gained popularity in the country over the next few years, the House of Delegates changed it to National Nutrition Month® in 1980. Since then, there has been a new educational campaign each year, focusing on overall health, physical fitness, and eating right. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association, has chosen the theme, “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” for the 2016 National Nutrition Month® theme. Good nutrition has an effect on your whole body. Taking control of your health contributes to your overall wellbeing. Losing weight or maintaining your ideal weight, reduces the risk of chronic illness such as diabetes and heart disease. Eating healthy foods and regularly exercising not only helps you to reach your weight goals, it also keeps your entire body healthier and more energized. When you feel good, you want to continue doing those things, which helps you see the results you want, which makes you feel good. It is a cycle of healthfulness.
It is that time again- when the flowers are blooming and days are warming. It is time for Spring Break! Spring Break is a time in March or April when kids have about a week off from school. That unscheduled block of time can lead to the kids getting bored, and leaves families wondering what to do to fill the time with something fun for the whole family. There are a lot of great ideas out there, some that will take a larger budget and a larger time commitment, and some that you can do on the fly with little expense.
In America, February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day. What is the history of this mythical fairy and dentist’s helper? Where did she come from, and how did she become what she is today? The Tooth Fairy is a magical fairy that visits children after they lose a baby tooth. The legend says that if a child puts their tooth under their pillow, the Tooth Fairy will replace it with a small payment or gift. It is a legend that goes back a long time. There are many traditions having to do with losing teeth in many countries throughout the world. In early Europe, there are legends of parents paying their children for their baby teeth. It is also said that the Vikings paid children for their teeth, which were believed to bring them good luck in battle.
When we eat or drink anything containing sugar, the plaque (a film of sticky bacteria) on our teeth turns the sugar into acids that eat away at tooth enamel. Over time, this can cause tooth decay, or holes in the teeth called cavities. There is, however, a great way to protect your teeth and prevent tooth decay. A dental sealant is a resin that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth, mostly in children and teens. The sealant fills in the pits and grooves on the tooth’s surface, acting as a barrier to keep out plaque and food particles. This is recommended by dental professionals to keep decay from starting in the deep grooves of the molar surfaces.