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
Whether or not it is safe to put fluoride in drinking water has been up for debate for quite some time. Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Is it deemed safe for the population as a whole? How does fluoridated water benefit me and my family? Let’s take a look at what the American Dental Association says about this topic. According to the ADA, scientific research done over the last 70 years has consistently shown that “an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults.” As of 2012, about 75% of American communities fluoridate their water supply, which is simply adding fluoride to the tap water supply to bring it up to the optimal level to help prevent cavities. According to their website, the American Dental Association (ADA) “supports community water fluoridation as the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.” To benefit from the fluoride found in water, one simply has to drink water! By drinking water with fluoride in it, you are adding a protection to your teeth to help prevent cavities. Because of the benefits to oral health, and the prevention of tooth decay, found with fluoridated water, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that water fluoridation is “one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.” How does fluoride protect your teeth? In infants, before teeth break through the gums, fluoride taken in from food and drink helps to make tooth enamel stronger, which helps them resist tooth decay. This is a “systematic” benefit. In children and adults, fluoride helps to repair and rebuild weakened tooth enamel, and can reverse early signs of tooth decay. When fluoride is applied to the surface of the tooth it is called a “topical” benefit. As you take in fluoride from foods and beverages, including water, it also has a topical benefit, because it is “applied” to the surfaces of your teeth through your saliva. The ADA, in answer to the question “Is water fluoridation safe?” says the following: “Water fluoridation is safe, effective and healthy. Seventy years of research, thousands of studies and the experience of more than 210 million Americans tell us that water fluoridation is effective in preventing cavities and is safe for children and adults.” To educate yourself, or to get answers to questions you may have about fluoride in water, the ADA has a booklet, called “Fluoridation Facts”, available for download here. Another great resource for information and answers is your dental professional. Remember, fluoride helps teeth, but there is no replacement for daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits to keep your teeth and gums healthy! Make an appointment today! For a dental appointment, please call… Radiant Smiles Mid Cities in Hurst, TX at (817) 571-2100 or contact us here.
Did you know that National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is celebrating its 75th year in 2016? This national program began in 1941 as a single day event in Cleveland, Ohio. It took place February 3rd of that year. The American Dental Association became involved in the program in 1949, holding a “dental health day” on February 8th. Later it was changed to a week long event, covering more than just one city, and in 1981, it became the national month long program that we know today as National Children’s Dental Health Month. Every February, the American Dental Association, or ADA, sponsors the National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about oral health issues. The focus is on children because good oral health habits, and regular dental office visits at a young age, help to jumpstart a healthy mouth throughout a lifetime. Good oral hygiene from an early age leads to healthy teeth and gums, and aids in the prevention of cavities, gum disease, and other oral ailments. The 2016 NCDHM American Dental Association Campaign is called “Sugar Wars” 2015 American Dental Association. All Rights Reserved, and it is a fun way to get children to participate in good oral health. For young children, there are several activities for them to do, such as a brushing calendar and a coloring page. (You can print them out here.) For preteens and teens, the campaign encourages them to brush, floss, rinse, and eat healthy snacks for good oral health. There is a fun crossword puzzle for them to complete, along with other activities, which can also be printed out here. Good habits, learned early, are so important to a healthy smile! Encourage your children to brush twice daily, floss daily, rinse, eat healthy snacks, and visit your dentist regularly, so their mouths can be healthy for a lifetime. For information about children’s oral health, or for an appointment, please call… Radiant Smiles Mid Cities in Hurst, TX at (817) 571-2100 or contact us here.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research — the federal government’s most important dental health and research agency — your teeth, gums and tongue are swarming with hundreds of strands of bacteria, covering nearly every nook and cranny of your mouth. Some of these bacteria are harmless, while others cause serious damage, turning the sugars in your food into acid, forming a clear, sticky coating on your teeth called bacterial plaque. If plaque isn’t brushed away before it hardens, it begins to erode the precious minerals in the hard, outermost layer of your teeth (called enamel.) Acid and bacteria then make their way through small holes in the enamel, down to a soft layer called dentin. Eventually, bacteria and acids reach the pulp — the innermost part of your tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. Swelling then occurs, which can cause debilitating pain and sensitivity, along with abscesses due to infection.
Even though Christmas has come and gone, you may still have late gifts you are shopping for (maybe someone got you a gift that you hadn’t prepared for!) or you have Christmas spending money. Regardless, the shopping experience can be completely overwhelming. From fighting crowds of people, finding a parking space, picking the perfect item, gift wrapping, bows, gift exchanges and returns... In order to simplify the remainder of this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite dental products of the year, sure to bring oodles of cheer (and happy smiles) to all your festivities.
Your Traveling Dental Checklist - Check It Twice!“‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house Nothing was getting brushed, not even my mouth” That’s not the poem you want to read this holiday, and if you pack properly before you travel, you won’t have to. So after loading up your favorite ugly Christmas sweater, computer and phone charger, make sure you don’t forget the necessities that will determine the success of your trip: the toiletries for your mouth. Here’s a checklist you can use to ensure your teeth are taken care of this year:
Gift of a Bright, White Smile for this Holiday SeasonWith the Christmas tree shining brightly in the window and Santa making preparations to visit kids all around the world, the holiday season is in full swing! Now is the time for numerous holiday parties, family get-togethers and countless pictures documenting the good times that may just find their way to social media for everyone to see. Sound stressful? Have no fear! We have the perfect gift to give yourself to brighten this holiday season – and no, it is not the gift of your two front teeth, but it certainly could have an effect on them. Our suggestion? The gift of a bright, white smile making this year a “White Christmas” for your teeth! Here’s why:
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.