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
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.
A Breakthrough in Early Detection of Cancer: VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment SystemAccording to the Oral Cancer Foundation, there is a series of startling new facts related to the diagnosis, cause and treatment of oral cancer:
You’ve heard the stories; we all have. People used to fight tooth and nail to avoid going to the dentist. That’s because some of those stories included people using nails on teeth (just guessing). Dentistry has advanced both professionally and technologically so much throughout the years that going to the dentist no longer feels like pulling teeth – even if you’re getting teeth pulled. Think about this: With dentistry not yet a profession through the 19th century, barbers, physicians and other unlicensed citizens chipped in on fixing teeth problems (using scary tools like pliers, chisels and forceps). Yikes! Beeswax, tin foil and lead and silver were used for fillings, toothbrushes were made of animal bones and bristles, and pain medication wasn’t even available until Novocain was created in the early 1900s. Hard to even imagine, huh? And that’s really only scratching the surface of all the uncomfortable proceedings that took place dating back thousands of years. However, times have changed and innovations in the industry abound. The patient experience has vastly improved, helping correct and maintain complete dental health, which also improves your overall health. Let’s take a look at a few of the more recent major changes in the profession that allows for a more effective patient experience.
According to a survey of 1,000 Americans, 94 percent reported that the first thing they notice about other people is their smile. Yet according to the CDC, nearly 40 percent of adults skip their annual dental exams. Contributing factors can be fear of hopping into the chair, anxiety over dental expenses, or just the unrelenting hustle and bustle of daily life. However, there are countless reasons to visit your dentist. Here are our top 10.
Do you avoid smiling because your teeth embarrass you? If so, you’re not alone; many people worry about the appearance of their smile. If you’re unhappy with your smile, teeth whitening could be the solution, but how does it work? Let’s find out.