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Is it ever too late for dental work?

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Let’s be honest. If you are like most Portales folks, you’ve probably put off going to the dentist at one time or another. Some of us have even avoided seeing a dentist for years at a time. In fact, one in three Americans avoid going to the dentist regularly.

After a while, that time spent away from Dr. Thompson’s chair adds up, and so does the cost of dental work.

You start to feel and even see that your teeth are not in good shape. Plaque and tartar buildup, toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold, bleeding gums, deep, dark stains, perhaps even loose, clearly decaying teeth. Either way, by the time you get to this point you are probably wondering – is it too late to see the dentist?

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Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

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 Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

So you’re missing a tooth—or a few!

An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-replacement plan. Thompson Smiles in Portales is an experienced practice you can trust to  help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile.

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How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

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Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Portales smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by Dr. Thompson and the expert hygienists at Thompson Smiles. If you have any questions or would like to test your skills in person, feel free to give us a call!

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouthwash

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Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth – At Least Wear a Mouth Guard

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According to the American Dental Association, at least 13% of all injuries to the mouth occur during sports activities. While helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, and the like do a great job of protecting most of the body, Dr. Thompson would like to make sure that every athlete knows how to keep their teeth safe from harm. No Portales parent should have to worry about their child’s teeth during the game, so at Thompson Smiles we would like to talk about how to take sports safety to the next level.

Mouth Guards and Sports Safety

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The Story of Caries Prevention

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If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Portales teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Thompson is going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Thompson Smiles can do to help.

Dental Caries, Tooth Decay, and Cavities

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Caring for Your Dentures

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The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Thompson reminds us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For Portales residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Thompson Smiles.

How do Dentures Work?

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Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

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Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root. If you have a nasty toothache and remember biting down on something hard, it’s time to call Dr. Thompson. Don’t worry though, because the dental professionals at Thompson Smiles are committed to giving you the best oral care that Portales has to offer. To find out more about cracked tooth syndrome, read on.

Symptoms of Cracked Tooth Syndrome

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Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

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Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu all together. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Thompson at Thompson Smiles wants Portales residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet-tooth safely.

How does it work?

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How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

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If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Portales children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Thompson Smiles, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. Thompson can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like schedule a consultation, please give us a call.

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Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

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Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Portalese resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Thompson depends on your input for optimum dental health. We at Thompson Smiles like to go above and beyond for our Portales patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:

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