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Knowledge is Power

At the office of Peter L. Thompson, DDS, patient education is one of our top priorities. We know that the better you understand your oral and overall health and how they go hand-in-hand, the better equipped you are to make small changes that will make big impacts on your health and longevity. There’s a lot of new information out there, so follow along on our blog for bi-monthly articles on all things oral health.

Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

January 27th, 2017

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 […]

Is it ever too late for dental work?

January 13th, 2017

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 […]

Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

December 27th, 2016

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 […]

How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

December 13th, 2016

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 […]

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

November 28th, 2016

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 […]

The Story of Caries Prevention

November 13th, 2016

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 […]

Caring for Your Dentures

October 27th, 2016

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 […]

Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

October 13th, 2016

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 […]

Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

September 27th, 2016

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 […]

How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

September 13th, 2016

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 […]

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