Stephanie Collett is a native to the Alpharetta community and graduated from South Forsyth High School. She graduated from UGA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and recently completed her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also enrolled at UGA pursuing her Professional MBA. She has been with Dr. Richman for 5 years serving as Technology Guru, Office Manager, and Treatment Coordinator. The favorite part of her job is the amazing team she works with everyday and the patients she gets to see every day. When Stephanie is away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, being an active member in the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Communities and watching Georgia football in the fall.
Maggie DeLano is a native of North Dakota. She joined Dr. Richman’s staff in November of 1985. The greatest pleasure of her hygiene career is helping to educate and assist the patient in successfully keeping their teeth for the rest of their lives. After thirty years in the practice, the patients have become extended family members as have the rest of the dental team of the office. While not at the office, Maggie spends as much time as possible with her grandchildren. She has been active since 1996 with community service building Habitat for Humanity houses in this area.
Mante Abate has been working with Dr. Richman for 6 years as Primary Surgical Assistant. The best thing about her job is having an well-organized and extremely clean office. She enjoys working with Dr. Richman, especially when they are doing a complicated procedure that turns out perfectly. Mante came from Israel with her daughter Miri, and is originally from Ethiopia. She earned her Dental Hygienist degree at Tel Aviv University and completed her Dental Assisting education in Ort-Syngalovsky College in Israel. She likes watching movies, reading, and having a good time with families and friends.
Bita Nasab is originally from Iran, got her Bachelors of Dental Science degree (yes, she is a dentist!) from India, and migrated to the United States 10 years ago. She has been working with Dr. Richman for 5 years as Primary Clinical Assistant, preparing necessary materials and equipment for surgical treatments and managing post-surgical follow-up care. Bita enjoys the office environment and the high technology. She says, “Dr. Richman is a great teacher and the most organized and experienced dentist I have ever worked with. It is a privilege to work with the best there is.”
Meleina Cabana has recently moved back to her hometown of Canton. She graduated from Sequoyah high school and attended Kennesaw State University for Exercise and Health Science. While living in Savannah, she had the privilege to work with one of Dr. Richman’s colleagues, a fellow periodontist, Dr. Lee Young. There, she learned about the periodontal field and grew to have a passion for it. She enjoys working for Dr. Richman and seeing his compassion for each of his patients. When she is away from the office, Meleina enjoys time with her two little girls, being involved with CSSA, and traveling.
Annabelle Richman, Dr Colin Richman’s grand daughter takes her role as oral hygiene instructor and co-ordinator very seriously. She strongly believes in her teachings and certainly practices what she preaches. So far her patient’s describe her as firm, demanding but an excellent teacher. If you are assigned to her care, take her counselling seriously. Annabelle is two years of age and proud being a member of Team Richman, Periodontics and Dental Implantology.
Signs and Symptoms of Advanced Dental Disease Including Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Chronic disease anywhere in the body is insidious, thus advanced symptoms may only appear late after significant damage has occurred. Warning signs of advanced dental disease include:
- Redness, tenderness, pain, swollen gums
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or biting into an apple
- Insufficient long term flossing over a lifetime
- Receding gums, frequently described ‘getting long in the tooth’
- Teeth moving or shifting
- Loose teeth
- Appliances no longer fit comfortably
- Previous history of tooth loss including parents
- History of smoking, diabetes or other metabolic diseases