• Oh no, not the dentist!
    If you or your children suffer from dental anxiety, you aren’t alone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, between nine and 15 percent of Americans admit to feeling sufficiently afraid of Read more
  • What's in toothpaste and how does it work?
    the doctor and our team recommend that you brush your teeth two to three times a day, for at least two minutes each time. But have you ever wondered what’s Read more
  • Aging and Oral Health
    As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-fourth of Read more
  • Going Green for the New Year
    Does your list of New Year’s resolutions for the coming months include reducing your ecological footprint? If so, let’s ring in the year with some basic—and some innovative—dental ideas to Read more
  • It's a Wrap: Ending the year with a smile!
    People have been ushering in the New Year for centuries but it became an official holiday in 1582 when Pope George XIII declared January 1st to be the day on Read more
  • Tooth Sensitivity
    Most of us know that unpleasant feeling. You’re happily enjoying an icy milkshake with lunch or having a piping hot cappuccino break, and suddenly an innocent binge turns to cringe—your Read more
  • How to Handle an Unexpected Dental Emergency
    Regardless of the type of dental emergency you experience, it is important that you visit Stephen J. Wessels, DMD for emergency dental care as soon as possible. A chipped or Read more
  • I can't stop grinding my teeth! How can a dentist help?
    the doctor will tell you that while you are sleep, your mouth may be very active. If you find yourself waking up with headaches, facial pain, neck aches, or a Read more
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis or Premedication
    In years past, it was often recommended that dental patients who had a history of heart problems or other conditions, such as joint implants, be given antibiotics before any dental Read more
  • Thanksgiving
    At Stephen J. Wessels, DMD, we love to celebrate the holidays with vigor! the doctor would love to share some unique ways of celebrating Thanksgiving from beyond the Wilkesboro, North Read more
  • Crushing the Ice-Chewing Habit
    It's a habit many people have and not only can it be annoying to the people around you, it can be detrimental to your dental health. Chewing ice is so Read more
  • Take Your Pick!
    Before electric toothbrushes, before dental floss, before fluoride rinses, in fact, before recorded history, people who cared about their dental health had one primary tool—the toothpick. Ancient bronze toothpicks, bejeweled Read more
  • Getting Ready for Winter
    Winter Is Coming. Okay, that sounded a lot more dramatic in a popular fantasy series. But here in the real world, winter is coming as well, so let’s look at some Read more
  • The Intriguing History of Halloween
    Halloween is fast approaching, and the doctor wanted to be sure to wish our patients a happy day, no matter how you might celebrate this holiday. The Halloween that is Read more
  • How can I protect my child's teeth during sports?
    Sports are great for children for a variety of reasons. Children can develop their motor skills, learn how to solve conflicts and work together, and develop their work ethics. As Read more
  • The Secret to Keeping Your Teeth for Life
    The secret to keeping your teeth for life involves more than one secret. The first is that there is no secret; and in fact, there really is no difficulty involved. Read more