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
Maintaining a beautiful smile may be the key reason you take care of your teeth and gums. But did you know that the state of your oral wellness provides more than a nice smile? Your mouth is actually a window into the rest of your body. Tooth and gum health significantly affect your digestive, circulatory, respiratory and reproductive systems. Good oral hygiene — including regular visits to the dentist — lower your risk for a host of potentially life-threatening diseases. According to the American Academy of Oral Health, diabetes and bleeding gums increase the risk of premature death by 400 to 700 percent. And The National Institutes of Health estimates that 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. The Mouth: A Snapshot of Your Overall Health According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases result in oral symptoms. When you visit the dentist, she can detect a number of serious health concerns, including:
- Oral, head and throat cancer
- Bone loss
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Blocked blood vessels
- Pancreatic cancer
- Premature birth
- Alzheimers and dementia
- Trench Mouth
- Bacterial infections
- Heart attack
- Infective endocarditis
- High blood pressure
- Pre-term birth
Did you know that 50 to 70 percent of American children between the ages of six and 18 wear dental braces? In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child between the age of seven and eight have an orthodontic screening. And because modern dental braces are significantly smaller, more comfortable and attractive than in decades past, the number of adults seeking treatment has skyrocketed, making up nearly half of all orthodontic patients. Invisalign is a fantastic alternative to conventional braces. Clear and removable, the flexible treatment option has grown significantly in recent years — especially among adults. Here is a quick checklist of dental conditions that could make you a candidate for braces, regardless of your age:
- Crooked Teeth - Often straining the jaw, crooked teeth interfere with chewing, while making it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene.
- Crowded Teeth - When there are more teeth than the jaw can accommodate, causing an abnormal bite and facial appearance.
- Overbite - When the upper teeth overlap the bottom.
- Underbite - When the lower teeth project beyond the upper.
- Crossbite - A malocclusion (or “bad bite”) in which a tooth is closer to the cheek or tongue than the same tooth in the opposing arch.
- Irregular Spacing - When the teeth are unevenly spaced.
- Jaw Misalignment - Also called dysgnathia, this is when there is an uneven jaw-to-jaw relationship.
Celebrate National Gum Care MonthSeptember is National Gum Care Month, and we’re excited to share a series of blogs about periodontal disease — and how to prevent it. After all, knowing is half the battle. Yet today we’d like to cover the entire battle: understanding, preventing and treating gum disease. To start, there are a few simple habits that should be a part of your routine:
Healthy Gums, Happy SmileThe calendar has moved to September. Your kids are back in school, football season is kicking-off and temperatures are beginning to drop. If autumn has you smiling from ear to ear, you’re in for an even bigger treat: September is National Gum Care Month, which is the perfect time to learn about proper gum care, while getting your smile in tip-top shape.
Orthodontics: A Brief HistoryToday, orthodontics are often associated with cutting-edge technology that can completely transform one’s smile. However, the practice actually dates back to the world’s earliest civilizations.
Ancient OrthodonticsAs incredible as it may sound, modern archaeologists have discovered several 4000-year-old Egyptian mummies with metal braces or animal intestines wrapped around their teeth — placed there by early "orthodontists" in an effort to repair and straighten teeth.
Mouthguard ProtectionWith the school year fast upon us, your kids will soon be busy with countless organized and recreational activities. Whether it’s contact sports, gymnastics or just playing with friends, your child runs the risk of painful (and expensive) oral injuries. Yet, what if there was a simple precautionary measure that could greatly reduce your child’s risk of injury to the jaw, mouth, tongue and teeth, while also lowering the risk of concussion and trauma? That investment would be a no-brainer, right? We are talking about mouthguards — an essential piece of equipment for every active child.
School is Almost In: Are Your Kids (and Their Teeth) Ready?We recently posted an article on some of the best ways to get your children’s teeth healthy, happy and back-to-school ready. Routine dental exams, proper brushing and flossing, the use of mouthguards, and healthy eating habits are among our top recommendations for making sure your little ones’ teeth are in tip-top shape by summer’s end. Yet proper oral hygiene is a year-round commitment — one that starts with the arrival of your baby's first tooth. The thought of taking on such an important responsibility can be a bit overwhelming. So it’s imperative to teach your kids to care for those pearly whites independently, starting with the first heart-melting smile.
During the hot summer months, ice cream, sodas and other sugar-filled eats and drinks can be heavily consumed. And we understand, those tasty treats are delicious, but they can also do some damage to your teeth. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 20 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 11 have tooth decay on at least one tooth. Those numbers slide to 13 percent from ages 12 to 19, but the fact still remains, untreated tooth decay is a nuisance. Pain can lead to infection, which can then lead to complications with eating, drinking, talking, playing and more – and nobody wants to deal with that, especially at school. So as summer winds down and the new school season nears, consider taking your child to visit the dentist for a back-to-school checkup. Shopping for school supplies and fresh clothes are always on the annual agenda, and there’s no better time than right now to add the dentist to your to-do list as well. Here are a few ways we can help your child prevent cavities and other issues, and maintain good oral and overall health:
Maybe you felt it when you took a bite out of an ice cream cone. Then again the next morning when you were enjoying your fresh, hot cup of coffee. The sudden, sharp shooting pain that can accompany eating or drinking is common, but it’s also uncomfortable and often the result of sensitive teeth.