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How Veneers Can Enhance Your Smile Oct 14th, 2021

Whitening treatments brighten your teeth, implants replace a missing tooth, and crowns protect your tooth, but what do veneers do? Veneers, which are available here at The Dental Center of Hercules, can do wonders for your smile.  Below,  Dr. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro shares the many ways veneers can enhance your...

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening Sep 6th, 2021

Oral cancer goes by many names: mouth cancer, oral cavity cancer, lip cancer, or gum cancer. Regardless of what name you hear, know that oral cancer refers to any cancer that affects the mouth, lips, gums, roof of your mouth, your tongue, and the area under your tongue.  Oral cancer...

Why Nitrous Sedation Dentistry Might Be Right for You Aug 10th, 2021

Does the thought of an upcoming dental appointment leave you feeling jittery? Researchers estimate that nearly 36% of Americans experience some level of dental anxiety, and for some, dental anxiety can prevent them from getting the dental care they need. Thankfully, sedation dentistry can help you relax so that you...

Choosing Invisalign® Over Traditional Braces Jul 7th, 2021

Traditional braces may have been the go-to orthodontic option for decades, but if you want straighter teeth,  you don’t need to settle for metal brackets and wires. Invisalign® is an innovative orthodontic solution that straightens teeth, closes gaps, and corrects minor bite problems — all without any metal wires. Dr....

Whiten and Brighten Your Teeth in Just One Visit Jun 1st, 2021

Do you wish your teeth were brighter, but you just don’t know where to start? There’s no shortage of whitening products on the market, but not all of them deliver the results you want. Dr. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro offers several different teeth whitening options in our Hercules, California, office —...

Tips for Adjusting to Life With Dentures May 5th, 2021

Dentures — either partial or full — are a great option if you’re missing teeth. They restore the function of your mouth and boost your confidence. Dr. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro creates custom-made dentures right here in our Hercules, California, office — no third-party lab needed! There’s no denying that dentures...

5 Common Causes of Tooth Pain Apr 4th, 2021

Toothaches range from mild and annoying to throbbing and debilitating. Regardless of what’s causing your pain, tooth pain signals the need for dental care. At-home remedies can temporarily ease pain, but Dr. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro encourages you to seek dental care to get to the root cause of your pain....

The Many Benefits of CEREC® Technology Mar 4th, 2021

Dental crowns — sometimes called caps — cover your natural tooth and protect it. Some people need crowns if their tooth has a large cavity or it’s cracked or weakened. The good news is that you don’t need to wait weeks for a crown. CEREC® technology allows you to receive...

When Do You Need to Pull Your Wisdom Teeth? Feb 7th, 2021

Your third molars — more often referred to as wisdom teeth —  typically emerge during the late teen years. Unlike your other molars, wisdom teeth don’t always emerge easily. In fact, 80% of individuals have at least one wisdom tooth that doesn’t even emerge at all. Because wisdom teeth can...

5 Reasons Invisalign is the Best Choice for Your Teen Jan 5th, 2021

Is your teen dreaming of a perfect smile — without the hassle of metal braces? The Invisalign® system corrects crooked teeth, crowding, or gaps all without metal brackets, wires, and painful adjustments. Invisalign is ideal for teens with both cosmetic and dental concerns (like minor bite issues), and your teen...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 22nd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Why Replacing a Missing Tooth Is More Than a Cosmetic Concern Dec 1st, 2020

Approximately 40 million Americans are missing all of their natural teeth, and over 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you’re one of the 178 million, replacing your missing tooth can restore your self-esteem and boost your confidence.  Dr. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro of The Dental Center of...

Who's at Risk for Oral Cancer? Nov 1st, 2020

Oral cancer affects an average of 50,000 Americans each year. While tobacco use is often associated with increased oral cancer risks, it’s not the only risk factor. We know that there are several contributing factors when it comes to oral cancer — some are within your control while others aren’t....

Should I Get a Crown or Veneers? Oct 1st, 2020

If you’re looking for ways to enhance your smile, both crowns and veneers can turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. Crowns and veneers are both popular, but which one is right for you? Dr. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro of The Dental Center of Hercules is an expert when it...

How Bad Breath and Gum Disease Are Linked Sep 3rd, 2020

Some of the most common symptoms of gum disease are obvious: bleeding gums, tender gums, or even a receding gumline. Gum disease can, however, affect other parts of the mouth besides your gums. These symptoms include loose or wiggly adult teeth, pain when chewing, and even bad breath. Regardless of...

Have You Been Screened for Oral Cancer? Aug 13th, 2020

The American Cancer Foundation estimates that 53,000 individuals are diagnosed each year with oral cancer. Oral cancer can affect individuals of any sex or race, but the foundation notes that men are twice as likely to develop this cancer than women. In an effort to provide comprehensive care for your...

Dental Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 14th, 2020

In March 2020, dental clinics across America — including our clinic — responded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to prioritize emergency dental care, while postponing elective care, routine cleanings, and other nonessential procedures.  But now, as states are re-opening, we know that you have many questions...

Recognizing the Early Signs of Gum Disease Jun 11th, 2020

A good oral care routine isn’t just about keeping your pearly whites sparkly. Good oral care is about keeping your entire mouth healthy, including your gums. Yet, according to the American Dental Association, about half of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. We know...

Why Dental Technology Matters May 8th, 2020

Fun fact: The first dental textbook was published in 1728, according to the experts at Dentistry New York University. But it didn’t stop there! The field continues to evolve even to this day. From digital X-rays to advanced 3D imaging to speedy whitening treatments, high-tech dentistry is here to promote...

Whiten Your Teeth in 20 Minutes? You Bet Apr 16th, 2020

Tooth whitening is a billion dollar industry, and there's a good reason for that. It’s one of the most requested cosmetic procedures in the US, and there are plenty of over-the-counter strips, trays and gels. But, at home, over-the-counter treatments may not produce the results that you want, and some...

Don't Ignore the Pain — A Root Canal Could Save Your Tooth Mar 9th, 2020

Because of all the hype and what we’re used to seeing in movies, we tend to think that root canals are painful procedures that everyone dreads! The reality, however, couldn’t be further from the truth.    If you’ve had one you know that a root canal isn’t very different from...

Crowns and Bridges: Why You Should Consider Tooth Replacement Feb 1st, 2020

Did you know that about 120 million Americans are missing at least one of their teeth? Because of the high cost of dental care, especially for those who don’t have insurance, people are usually hesitant to replace their missing teeth, especially if they’re molars that are hidden.  Unfortunately, neglecting to...

Transform Your Smile in the New Year with Cosmetic Dentistry Jan 2nd, 2020

We all want to improve ourselves for the new year, and this includes adjusting our appearance to boost our self-confidence and how we present ourselves to others. This might mean fixing an issue with your teeth that prevents you from smiling the way you want to.  All areas of Contra...

Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Dec 1st, 2019

Your smile is an important part of the way you look. Having a healthy smile can give you more confidence, which can have a positive impact on many aspects of your life. But if you weren’t blessed with naturally straight teeth, you might think that it’s not a big deal....

Why You Should Never Ignore a Missing Tooth Nov 1st, 2019

There are many ways to lose a tooth. Maybe you took a blow to the jaw, bit down on a cherry pit, or suffered from a cavity that went too long untreated. In any case, you’ve lost a tooth (or had one extracted), and now you’re thinking it isn’t such...

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers Oct 1st, 2019

Cosmetic dentistry can do a lot to improve your smile, and dental veneers are a popular choice when it comes to hiding flaws. But most people don’t realize that veneers also play a role in better dental health. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro, DDS, at The Dental Center of Hercules helps her...

Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need to be Removed? Sep 1st, 2019

Not everyone has wisdom teeth — or third molars — but most people have at least one. These teeth grow in the very back of your mouth and are usually the last ones to come in, typically in the late teens or early 20s.  When your wisdom teeth emerge healthy...

Invisalign: Get a Hollywood Smile Without the Mouthful of Metal Aug 16th, 2019

Malocclusion, or tooth misalignment, is on the rise in the United States. In 1998, about 20% of the population had significant malocclusion, enough to need braces. Today, 50-70% of American children need orthodontic intervention before adulthood. Traditional metal braces have been used for decades, but they aren't the ideal solution....

Why Dental Implants are the Top Choice for Replacing Missing Teeth Jul 9th, 2019

Concern over your missing teeth is not about being vain, it’s about your oral and overall health. What many people don’t realize is that when you lose teeth, there are consequences to your anatomy. You may experience bone loss in your jaw, and your facial features may change.  Dr. Lovely...

Forget the Temps: Our Advanced CEREC® Technology Delivers Same-Day Crowns Jun 26th, 2019

Decayed or misshapen teeth can cause emotional distress, make it difficult to eat the foods you love, and prevent you from smiling or talking in front of others from fear of showing the imperfections in your mouth. If your smile could use some enhancing, both to preserve oral health and...