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Adult Dentistry: It’s Never Too Late

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Good News for Grown Ups

“Adulting” can be hard. Between rent, bills, kids, a career, and other responsibilities, it can be hard to make time for yourself. But independence, parenting, fulfilling work, and the wisdom that comes with age can be pretty fantastic, too. So how does your oral healthcare fit into a grown up lifestyle?

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Breastfeeding & Dental Work

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If you’re a new mom or you’re about to be, you’re likely already used to putting your needs second to the needs of this beautiful new little person in your life. But your oral hygiene is still important for keeping you and your baby in tip top shape. If something comes up and you need dental work, it shouldn’t prevent you from continuing to breastfeed regularly, or from seeking the dental treatment you need.

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Gum Disease – More Than Just Gums

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Your Mouth: A Picture of Health

Did you know, when a dentist looks at your mouth, they can tell a lot more than just how often you’re brushing? It’s true; your oral health is like a window into your lifestyle and habits. Dr. Thompson at Thompson Smiles should know. We’ve seen mouths from all over Portales in our office!

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Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

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We at Thompson Smiles understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Thompson wants every Portales resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to give us a call!

Dental Insurance

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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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