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Smile: It’s Good For You!

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Your smile is more powerful than you may know. Scientists have studied many aspects of smiling, such as how it affects your brain, your health, and your overall experience of life. Even the situation you’re in and the people around you are influenced by your smile. The findings may surprise you. Or, if you’re someone who smiles often, they may just confirm what you already know.

Dr. Thompson in Portales loves a good smile and wants to help you smile more. Read on to let us convince you to smile more and to maintain that smile with a healthy dental routine.

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Can You Treat a Toothache at Home?

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When you’re suddenly struck with a toothache, floating ideas of home remedies may quickly come to mind. Whether you heard it from your great aunt or saw it on Pinterest, at-home treatments are everywhere. Portales dentist, Dr. Thompson, can explain more about how to care for a toothache and when to come in for a visit.

Common causes of toothaches are infections, cavities, damaged enamel, a cracked tooth or an exposed root – all good reasons to get yourself to the dentist! Home remedies for a toothache may work for immediate relief, but they’re not likely to last long, and they may not be completely safe.

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Professional Dental Cleanings Make a Big Difference

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You’ve been hearing it for years – “make sure to visit Dr. Thompson twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular dental cleanings are so important, we at Peter L. Thompson, DDS would like to take this opportunity to let Portales residents in on some information you don’t often hear. Let this article serve as your personal guide to the benefits of getting your teeth cleaned.

If you have any questions or find that you are suddenly inspired to visit Dr. Thompson for a cleaning, feel free to give us a call!

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4 Facts about Dental Implants

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Most Portales residents will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile has to suffer. There are numerous ways to fix a lost tooth, but today, Dr. Peter Thompson would like to educate you on the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants. Here are some facts about dental implants. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give Peter L. Thompson, DDS a call.

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Need a Tooth Extraction? Don’t Be Afraid!

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We’ve all had a toothache at some point at some point or another. While you should always consult your Portales dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Portales residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Thompson to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Thompson at Peter Thompson, DDS would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!

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What Are Essential Oils?

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Essential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need.

As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest and some may hurt you if applied directly onto your skin.

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What is Dental Botox®?

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As specialists in facial anatomy and esthetics, an increasing number of dentists are taking their skills into the world of Botox®. Often associated just with appearances, Botox® can be equally as therapeutic as cosmetic.

Botox® is a purified protein that irons out wrinkles by attaching to a muscle and preventing it from contracting. (Muscle contracting away from skin is what causes wrinkles). This has thus far been its most popular use in cosmetic facial treatments.

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Choosing the Right Dentist

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It’s no secret that Portales residents are careful about how they choose medical professionals for their family, but sometimes it’s not easy to find everything you want in a dentist. We at Peter L. Thompson, DDS understand that choosing a dentist is no small feat, so we’ve put together this guide to picking a dentist for individuals and families. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! Even if you decide on a different dentist, Dr. Thompson is always happy to help!

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How Dental Night Guards Can Help You

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It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Portales during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Thompson has helped tons of Portales residents improve the quality of their life with night guards and we at Peter L. Thompson, DDS invite you to come visit us today to find out more.

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Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

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What is oil pulling?

Claiming everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash.

Users swish, or “pull” one tablespoon of oil in their mouth for 10-20 minutes every day. The oil usually doubles in size due to collecting saliva and toxins from the mouth. Users are strongly warned to spit out the oil because it contains the microorganisms which pulling aims to extract. Oil is believed to draw toxins out of the mouth by sticking to their outer, fatty layer. Since oral hygiene is linked to health in all parts of the body, it’s believed that the benefits of oil pulling go beyond just your mouth.

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