What if You Haven’t Been to the Dentist for Several Years?
Life is busy and we all have a long list of priorities to take care of, so it’s not hard to imagine that any number of things can get in the way of your regular dental hygiene routine, checkups and cleanings with Dr. Thompson. You might just wake up one day and realize that you haven’t been to the dentist in years! That’s why we want to tell all our Portales patients about the gentle dental care we provide and why regular visits to Dr. Thompson are so important.
What happens over many years of dental neglect? Do your teeth turn black and fall out of your head? What if you are really good about flossing and brushing, but don’t go to the dentist? What are the consequences of putting your dental health on the back burner?
You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done?
For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist as kids, or attempting to say such bouncy words as “baby” with a numb jaw. However—depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work. And milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway.
Currently a hot topic of debate among dental and health professionals, holistic dentistry has gained popularity in recent years, alongside the movement toward naturopathic medicine. Dr. Thompson at Thompson Smiles wants Portales residents to understand the differences between the two approaches to dentistry, in order to make the most informed decision when choosing a dental health professional.
For many Portales residents, one thing stands in the way of a healthy, beautiful smile – fear of the dentist! Even routine cleanings can be scary for folks with dental phobia. However, at Thompson Smiles we have made it our business to offer you the most comfortable dental experience possible, which is why Dr. Thompson offers sedation dentistry services. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so here are the facts about sedation dentistry.
We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist.
Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure how to find a dentist you can trust? Or perhaps you know and love your dentist but you dread the idea of trying to catch up on life with the hygienist while your mouth is being propped open by a tiny plastic jack. (Yes, we think about that too!)
In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, Portales residents are misinformed and mislead about the health benefits of trends like as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Dr. Thompson would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Thompson Smiles.
Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. Thompson can offer Portales patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Thompson Smiles, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet.
Having lipstick on your teeth is not a good look, but new studies show that picking the right shade to accent your pout can actually brighten those pearly whites! Using a dental color guide, scientists have proven that many hues of lipstick can make your teeth instantly look whiter, which Dr. Thompson thinks is always a good thing.
When people get stressed, they often say that they are “clenching” their jaw. But did you ever think about what it means to actually do this? What effects it might have on your overall health? During your visit with Dr. Thompson, you might hear him mention bruxism and the wear it causes on your teeth. So what exactly is bruxism?
We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Portales, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year and it’s not uncommon to see lips that suffer from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Thompson Smiles we are very much attuned the oral health needs of Portales, so here are a few tips from Dr. Thompson about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave!
Dr. Thompson’s Associations
- Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies Graduate
- Fellow of the Misch International Implant Institute
- Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry
- Fellow of the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation
- Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist
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