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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.

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 […]

Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

August 27th, 2016

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. […]

The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

August 13th, 2016

We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as fun as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth […]

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Bleeding Gums

July 27th, 2016

One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Peter Thompson would like everyone in Portales to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums – should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch it? […]

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