Get a Healthy, Gorgeous Smile at Merit Dental Care

About Us

About Merit Dental Care

Our purpose as a dental team is to educate patients about good dental health care to give them a better quality of life. We want to deliver dental services in a caring and gentle manner in a pain-free environment. We want to continue expanding our dental services as we increase our knowledge and understanding of dental disease. We want to deliver the ultimate dental care in a professional manner with the highest dental skills. Finally, as an office, we want to create an environment that is stress-free and allows the team to enjoy their work in a relaxed manner and to have fun in the process.

Our vision is to continually advance our knowledge and expertise in all relevant areas of dental and general healthcare to ensure the highest standard of care. We wish to provide the highest quality of dental care available in the world and to transform the quality of life for our patients and their loved ones in profound ways.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The doctors and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 972-628-6440 and experience why our patients think Merit Dental Care is the best dentist in Dallas.



Kaila has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for well over 30 years starting off her career in Pedodontics, then moving into General Practice. After so many years, she is still very passionate about her job and gets the most gratification connecting with patients and seeing the results of making a positive effect on the overall health of her patients. Kaila has taken many additional courses with a focus on periodontics, and feels her forte is helping people feel comfortable and at ease, as well as helping them have an understanding of what their specific needs may be. Kaila grew up in Louisiana,where her family is from, and still resides. Her education was completed at TJC in Tyler, TX which carried the high prestige of being 3rd in the nation at that time for Dental Hygiene. She has been in many areas of Dallas since graduation practicing 5 years in Richardson, 20 years in Mesquite and has been with Merit Dental Care since 2013.


David Hughes, DMD

Dentist / Owner

Dr. David Hughes grew up in Oregon and completed his dental education in 1969 at the University of Oregon Dental School. He raised his family with three children on a small rural farm in Sherwood, Oregon. He met his wife, Linda, at Abilene Christian College while working on a research project in the Summer of 1968. He has practiced dentistry for 50+ years in Tigard, Oregon; Vernon, Texas; and now in Dallas, Texas with Merit Dental Care. He loves helping patients achieve a beautiful smile through smile makeovers. He has special training in cosmetic dentistry. He is presently building a team of 5 dentists and specialists to treat all dental needs in his newly expanded office. Dr. Hughes has been involved in the American Dental Association and was editor of Washington County Dental Society. He is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International and was Vice President and President Elect for the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. His service awards include: Cambridge Who’s Who Lifetime Membership; Consumer Research Council Of America, Top Dentist Awards for several years, and was the 1999 Oregon Businessman of the Year. His love of dentistry is shown in his passion to help people. Dr. Hughes’ interest with his wife of 50 years is travelling with his family and friends, collecting American Indian artifacts, autographs and fossils. His personal library includes about 3,000 books with heavy interest in History. He teaches a class on History of the English Bible. He and Linda love the special times now with their kids and 9 grand kids in the Metroplex. This is what brought them to Texas.



Brenda is the front office assistant. She has been working for Merit Dental Care since March 2013 however she has been in the dental field for 29 years. She enjoys working with patients and helping elderly people. She is the type of person who will go the extra mile for the patients at our practice, whether it be fighting insurance on their behalf or just making sure they feel comfortable. She was born and raised in Dallas and graduated from high school in North Dallas. She is the oldest of six kids, five girls and the youngest is a boy. Her family is #1 in her life. She has six nephews and five nieces that she spends a lot of time with. Her other passion is her love of animals and enjoys house sitting.


Dental Assistant

Kelly has been a Registered Dental Assistant for over 25 years. She started off in pediatric dentistry then switched over to general dentistry. She loves working with people of all ages to help maintain their smiles and a healthy mouth. Her hobbies are camping, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren. She absolutely loves working at Merit Dental Care.  Dr. Hughes is very sweet and the people are very friendly. Outside of the office she enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with family and her 4 grand-children.


Dental Hygienist

Courtney has been serving our patients since 2016. Her consistently kind and gentle care for our patients embodies the culture of our office. She loves her work and the opportunity to help someone’s overall health by treating their oral health. She is an expert in her field and always willing to help. If you are lucky enough to be in her chair, you will see the passion to help others shine through. Courtney grew up in Odessa and graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in marketing but she kept feeling the pull of her “scientific” side and ultimately graduated Texas Women’s University with a degree in Dental Hygiene and has been hooked ever since. She has also invented a tool for the dental office that she is passionate about. She loves her patients and strives to always meet their changing needs. She is recently engaged and set to marry in early Fall.


Dental Assistant

Veronica has been in the dental field for over 5 years as a Registered Dental Assistant. She enjoys educating and encouraging patients through their dental journey. Veronica’s favorite part of her job is providing patients the experience of good dental care and making sure they leave with a great smile. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, baking and spending time with family and friends.


Treatment Coordinator

Melissa has been in the dental field for over 35 years and has served multiple roles in different offices. You will usually see her upon your arrival at the office or when you are checking out. She helps our patients manage their care with us and her experience is used daily in helping patients walk through complicated treatment plans and insurance utilization. Melissa’s experience and quality of work is because of her caring nature. She has always cared for those around her and it shows in her willingness to get all those logistics figured out. Melissa is married and has a large blended family of 6 kids and 6 grandkids. When she is not at work she and her husband enjoy traveling, boating and spending time on the lake or beach.



Celeste has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 37 years and still to date “Loves what she does.” She has a knack for making you feel at ease as well as explaining dental needs and procedures. Celeste is a “Texas girl” from Tyler and enjoys gardening, needlework, reading and special time with the family. She is the newest member here at Merit Dental Care and we are super excited to add her to the team.