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Helping Your Teen Take Care of Their Clear Aligners

Is your teen about to embark on their Invisalign® journey? If so, you may wonder what you can do to help your teen take care of their clear aligners. We’ve got the answer here! Read on and learn about six ways you can help.
Aug 31st, 2023

Tips for Recovering From Oral Surgery

Whether you’re awaiting implant surgery or an extraction, the reality is that oral surgery requires a bit of downtime. Continue reading to learn several of our best tips for recovering from oral surgery.
Aug 4th, 2023

Why Am I So Nervous About Going to the Dentist? 

If you’re nervous every time you head to the dentist, you’re far from alone, but you may wonder why you’re so nervous and what you can do about it. Read on as we highlight the common causes of fear and how we can help.
Jul 13th, 2023

Preventing Dry Socket After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Dry socket is a potential complication of a tooth extraction, and that includes your wisdom teeth too. Luckily, there are many strategies you can implement to reduce your risk of both dry socket and infection. Read on to learn more.
May 2nd, 2023

5 Signs You May Need a Tooth-Saving Root Canal

Root canal therapy may have a bad reputation, but the truth is that this common dental procedure can save your tooth. Read on to uncover five signs that you may need this tooth-saving procedure.
Mar 13th, 2023

3 Benefits of CEREC® Same-Day Restorations

As the name suggests, CEREC® same-restorations means that you can plan for and get your restoration all on the same day. In this blog, we review three benefits of same-day crowns and when you might need one.
Jan 5th, 2023

4 Tips to Protect Your Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can transform a dull smile into a brand new dazzling one, but how do you take care of your veneers? Read on to explore these four tips to protect your porcelain veneers so they last for years to come!
Dec 8th, 2022

Braces Vs. Clear Aligners: Which Is Right for Me?

Ready to straighten your teeth but not sure which method is right for you? Both braces and clear aligners correct orthodontic issues, and they each have their own pros and cons. Read on to learn more about each type.
Nov 1st, 2022

When to Consider Professional Teeth Whitening

Not happy with stained teeth? Yellow teeth are a common cosmetic complaint, but sometimes over-the-counter products don’t deliver enough oomph to combat the stains. Read on and learn if it’s time to consider professional teeth whitening.
Oct 17th, 2022

5 Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

Are you weighing the pros and cons of dental implants? Dental implants are a popular restoration choice and one that has many benefits. Read on to explore five reasons to consider dental implants.
Sep 7th, 2022

All About Cerec® Dental Crowns

Do you need a dental crown but aren’t sure what a CEREC® crown is? In this blog, we cover everything you need to know about CEREC dental crowns, including the many advantages over traditional crowns.
Aug 1st, 2022

5 Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth

Straight teeth are often regarded as an aesthetic goal, but did you know that straighter teeth have health benefits too? Read on to uncover the top five health benefits of having straighter teeth.
Jul 1st, 2022

How Do Braces Work?

Braces correct many issues from gaps to crowding to misaligned teeth … but how do they work? All orthodontic treatments exert pressure on your teeth, but the specific details vary from system to system. Learn more in this blog.
Jun 1st, 2022

5 Things We Can Fix With Veneers

Stained teeth? Chipped teeth? You don’t need to juggle multiple appointments and dozens of appointments to achieve your dream smile. Veneers correct multiple problems at once. Read on to explore the five things we can fix with veneers.
May 1st, 2022

Can I Avoid Bite Problems?

Bite problems, officially known as malocclusion, can create a host of issues, including jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty eating, and you may wonder if there’s anything you can do to prevent bite problems. Find out here.
Apr 1st, 2022

Common Causes of Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety can manifest as the jitters, an upset stomach, headaches, and even avoidance. But what causes dental anxiety in the first place? In this blog, we explore four causes of dental anxiety and how sedation can help you.
Mar 1st, 2022

Why We Have Wisdom Teeth and Why They Need to Go

Have you ever wondered why humans even have wisdom teeth if so many people need them removed? Hint: The answer has to do with what our ancestors ate tens of thousands of years ago. Find out more here.
Feb 1st, 2022

Psychological Benefits of Having a Better-Looking Smile

Whether you’re considering Invisalign® or in-office professional teeth whitening, it’s no secret that having a better-looking smile supports your psychological, emotional, and physical health. Read on to learn more.
Jan 5th, 2022

Why Gum Disease Is so Harmful to Your Oral Health

Gum disease is a bit of a misnomer because it affects more than just your gums. In fact, it can severely impact your oral and physical health. Read on to learn what gum disease is and why it is so harmful to your oral health.
Nov 4th, 2021

How Veneers Can Enhance Your Smile

Fun fact: Veneers were first created for actors. However, you don’t need to be a red carpet regular to reap the benefits of porcelain veneers. Continue reading to find out how veneers can enhance your smile.
Oct 14th, 2021

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer affects 54,000 Americans annually, and signs of this type of cancer can be spotted during an oral cancer screening. But are these screenings important — even if you’re not a smoker? Find out here.
Sep 6th, 2021

Why Nitrous Sedation Dentistry Might Be Right for You

Nitrous sedation dentistry relies on nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help you relax, but have you ever considered it for yourself? Read on to explore the five reasons nitrous sedation dentistry might be right for you.
Aug 10th, 2021

Choosing Invisalign® Over Traditional Braces

Are you dreaming of perfectly aligned teeth? Invisalign can straighten your teeth with discrete, comfortable trays. No metal wires required! Keep reading to explore reasons to choose Invisalign® over metal braces.
Jul 7th, 2021

Whiten and Brighten Your Teeth in Just One Visit

Do you want brighter teeth but don’t want to wait weeks for the results you want? Here at The Dental Center of Hercules, you can whiten and brighten your teeth in just one visit. Read on to explore your options.
Jun 1st, 2021

Tips for Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Are you excited for life with dentures? Dentures can restore your ability to eat the foods you want and smile with a dazzling set of teeth! Prepare for life with dentures with this guide, and learn tips for adjusting to your new dentures.
May 5th, 2021

5 Common Causes of Tooth Pain

If your tooth hurts, the only way to get lasting relief is to pinpoint the source of the pain. In this blog, we explore five common causes of tooth pain and — most importantly — how we treat tooth pain.
Apr 4th, 2021

The Many Benefits of CEREC® Technology

Innovative dental technology can transform the way you receive cosmetic services, imaging, and even restorations. We proudly offer CEREC® technology in our office. Keep reading to learn about the many benefits of this innovative technology.
Mar 4th, 2021

When Do You Need to Pull Your Wisdom Teeth?

Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed, but for those that do, surgery can help avoid unwanted complications of problematic wisdom teeth. Read on to learn the signs that show you may need to pull your wisdom teeth.
Feb 7th, 2021

5 Reasons Invisalign is the Best Choice for Your Teen

Are you considering orthodontic treatment for your teen? Skip the metal braces and consider Invisalign® clear and removable aligner trays. Read on to explore the top five reasons why Invisalign is ideal for teens.
Jan 5th, 2021

Who's at Risk for Oral Cancer?

Did you know that oral cancer screenings are easily incorporated into your routine dental exam? Read on to learn who’s at risk for oral cancer — and what you can do to reduce your risk.
Nov 1st, 2020

Should I Get a Crown or Veneers?

Are you looking for a way to transform your smile? Crowns and veneers are two cosmetic services that can improve the look of your smile — but which one is right for you? Find out here.
Oct 1st, 2020

How Bad Breath and Gum Disease Are Linked

Garlic, onions, and coffee can leave your breath less-than-fresh, but if your bad breath is always bad, there may be more at play. Find out how bad breath and gum disease are linked — and what you can do about it.
Sep 3rd, 2020

Have You Been Screened for Oral Cancer?

Did you know that an oral cancer screening takes just minutes — and it’s painless! Have you been screened? Here’s what you need to know about oral cancer, who needs to get screened, and what to do if you spot these signs.
Aug 13th, 2020

Dental Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know

We know that you have questions about dental care and COVID-19. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know, including what we’re doing to keep you safe in our office.
Jul 14th, 2020

Recognizing the Early Signs of Gum Disease

Left untreated, gum disease can lead to permanent tooth loss. The good news is that you can spot the signs of gum disease well before it’s too late. Keep reading to learn about the earliest signs of gum disease.
Jun 11th, 2020

Why Dental Technology Matters

Are you up-to-date on the latest updates? The field of dentistry is always evolving, which means your dental experience gets better and better. Keep reading to find out why dental technology matters and how it affects general and cosmetic dentistry.
May 8th, 2020

Why You Should Never Ignore a Missing Tooth

Losing a single tooth may not have you worried, especially if it’s not visible when you smile. However, the damage rarely limits itself to a single gap — the loss of one tooth can have a devastating domino effect.
Nov 1st, 2019

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

Dental veneers are a great way to brighten your smile by covering discolored teeth or addressing issues with their shape. But veneers aren’t just for looks. Discover the health benefits that come with getting dental veneers.
Oct 1st, 2019

Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need to be Removed?

Having your wisdom teeth removed may seem like a rite of passage, but it’s not always necessary. Here’s why we often recommend removing these so-called third molars, and what you can expect from the procedure.
Sep 1st, 2019

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.
Dec 22nd, 2020