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Meet Our Salinas Dentists

3 Dentists – Amazing Services You Can Trust

Each dentist at TLC Dentistry believes all of our patients are family. That’s why they strive to provide the latest methods dentistry has to offer. From high-quality care to same-day dentistry, our TLC dentists will take great care of you. Some of the services our dentists offer include:

  • CEREC Same-Day Dentistry: Thanks to the advancement in technology, it’s possible to receive your crown restorations in just one appointment!
  • Implant Restorations: Give your smile a second chance with dental implants. Our Salinas dentists can beautifully restore implant crowns to blend seamlessly with your smile.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry: Are you ready to change the look of your smile? Smile loud and proud with cosmetic dentistry. We offer life-changing solutions, including Invisalign and professional teeth whitening.

Dr. Philip Lips, DDS

Founder of TLC Dentistry

Dr. Philip Lips, DDS, Salinas, CA Dentist

Dr. Lips graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Southern California in 1962 and opened his first practice of General Dentistry in Salinas. A member of the American Dental Association since his student years at University of Southern California, he taught in the dental hygiene program at Cabrillo College.

Since childhood, Dr. Lips has loved trains and has become both a history buff, regarding railroads, and a master builder of model trains. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two young grandsons “Nick” and “Christopher” with whom he shares his interest in trains. He has also appeared locally as a character actor with the Western Stage. He is fond of music and enjoys being a choral singer. A lover of birds he has a bath and feeders visible from his dental operatory.


Dr. Hernan Cardenas, DDS

Your general and restorative smile genius

Dr. Hernan Cardenas, DDS a Salinas Dentist

Dr. Cardenas was raised on the Monterey Peninsula. He received his Bachelor degree in Combined Science with a minor in Chemistry from Santa Clara University in 2001. He continued his education at Creighton University and earned his Masters degree in Clinical Anatomy in 2004. In 2009, he received his D.D.S. degree and graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

His interest in learning led him to complete a General Practice Residency at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs hospital where he received further experience in hospital dentistry, oral surgery, dentures and periodontics (gum surgery). His interests include traveling, weight training, golfing, tennis, jogging. Dr. Cardenas is fluent in Spanish


Dr. Huyen L Nguyen, DDS

Pursuing the best in dentistry

Dr. Huyen L Nguyen, DDS

Dr. Huyen Nguyen graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry Oklahoma City in June 1984 . She served as a Clinical Professor at the Oklahoma College of Dentistry in addition to maintaining her private dental practice until she relocated to California in 2006. During her tenure at the College of Dentistry she received extensive experience in Oral Surgery as well as treatment for the medically compromised patients. Since moving to California Dr. Nguyen has provided dental care at the Presidio of Monterey, local community dental clinics and currently serves in the California National Guard. She is a native of Vietnam and enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, swimming and walking her dogs. Dr. Nguyen is fluent in French and Vietnamese.


What Are Patients Saying about Our Salinas Dentists?

“TLC is exactly that! Best dental services delivered by an awesome team of attentive, trust worthy and caring professionals. I’ve been a TLC patient for 30+ years. My children have been patients through baby teeth and braces, never fearful of the “dreaded” dental visits. We can’t imagine going anywhere else.” – Mari B., Actual TLC Dentistry Patient


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