Most people’s childhood memories of trips to the dentist are accompanied by a sense of dread. The clinical setting, ominous instruments, and unfamiliar faces are enough to inspire anxiety enough to be remembered decades later. It was not so, however, for Dr. Thao Bui of Mint Dentistry. She recalls Dr. Peter Nguyen, her childhood dentist, fondly, and even cites him as her inspiration for choosing a career in dentistry. “Dr. Nguyen used to say that dentistry is a combination of science and art,” she remembers. “I’ve always loved both of those things, so this profession seemed natural for me.”
Dr. Bui grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri but after obtaining her bachelor of biomedical engineering from Washington University of St. Louis, she moved on to the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. In Kentucky she excelled, winning numerous honors and awards and gathering experience by volunteering with organizations that provide free dental care to underserved communities.
Once she’d received her doctorate in dental medicine from the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry, she found her way to Texas. Here, she has made a home in the North Richland Hills community and become an active member of American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Fort Worth District Dental Society.
Dr. Bui is proud to be a member of the Mint Dentistry team and she works hard to uphold the Mint standard of excellence. Dedicated to helping each patient get the care that meets their own particular needs, she puts extra effort into making sure her patients understand the importance of preventative dentistry. “So many problems can be avoided just by making sure everyone who comes through our doors understands how crucial it is to prevent dental decay and gum disease,” she says, “so we place a strong emphasis on patient education.”
Though she offers a wide range of services, Dr. Bui is particularly interested in cosmetic dentistry and has received advanced training in pediatric dentistry and aesthetic crowns and bridges. She works with patients of all ages, doing her best to ensure that patients from all ages remember their visit to Mint Dentistry as fondly as she remembers those early trips to Dr. Nguyen. “It’s important to me that each patient feels heard and understood,” she says, “because that’s what I’d want if I were the one in the chair.”
When she’s not in the office, Dr. Bui enjoys reading, playing tennis, and traveling, often in the company of her husband Henry and their two sons, Dustin and Thomas. She also spends a good deal of time giving back by volunteering for the Euless Park and Community Service. Dr. Bui and other Mint Dentistry dentists volunteer their time restoring the smiles of vets who were orally injured in combat.
At Mint Dentistry North Richland Hills location, Dr. Bui provides for patients with:
- Porcelain Veneers
- Free Whitening (with PPO insurance)
- Bridges and Dentures
- Deep Cleaning
- Root Canal Therapy
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- A Menu of Sedation Options
- Compassionate Care in a Nurturing Environment
Dr. Thao Bui
9155 Boulevard 26 #290
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180
Text: Meredith Knight
Photo: Derek Gower