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.

Forget Your Fears with Sedation Dentistry

October 13th, 2019

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dentist! Portales dentist Dr. Peter Thompson knows that some folks avoid the dentist’s chair like the plague. According to studies at the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington, as many as 8% of Americans are too afraid to go to dentists and 20% are too anxious to […]

Veneers – Not Just for the Silver Screen

September 27th, 2019

There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile – veneers! Portales dentist Peter L. Thompson, DDS is […]

Dental Crowns 101

September 13th, 2019

Sometimes in life, you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what dental crowns are—a new start for your tooth. Teeth are important players in your life! They’re not only the first responders for your digestive tract, but they can make a great first impression – so you deserve a beautiful, fully-functioning set. If your teeth […]

Top 5 Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

August 27th, 2019

If you’re one of the 40 million Americans with sensitive teeth, you must be familiar with the painful zing that follows a hot drink, a bite of ice cream, or just a deep breath of cold air. These and other elements can cause a sudden discomfort if you have sensitive teeth, also called dentin hypersensitivity. […]

A Real Nail Biter

August 13th, 2019

We all have those nervous habits we turn to when we feel awkward, stressed, or just plain bored. If your choice vice is biting your nails, you need to know that it can cause a lot of distress on your oral health and overall health. Portales dentist Peter L. Thompson, DDS shares why nail biting […]

Gingivitis: Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You Something?

July 27th, 2019

Gingivitis, very simply, is an inflammation of your gums. (Any time a medical term ends with “itis” it means inflammation.) Gingivitis varies in severity and can look a few different ways. Very bad gingivitis leads to periodontal (gum) disease. Gingivitis is common and affects many, rather, most adults. But with good oral hygiene and the […]

Senior Dentistry: Embrace Healthy Aging

July 13th, 2019

Someone once said, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” How true!  While it can be frustrating to watch your health change as you age, you don’t have to accept poor oral health and tooth loss as just an inevitable part of the aging process. Your oral health is just […]

Activated Charcoal Toothpaste: Does It Really Work?

June 27th, 2019

I See a Toothbrush & I Want to Paint It Black You’ve probably seen some ads, videos, or articles online about activated charcoal toothpaste, accompanied by people brushing with black mouths—to whiten their teeth? Sounds counterintuitive, right? Portales dentist Peter L. Thompson, DDS wants to share some information on a trend you may be curious […]

The Buzz on Electric Toothbrushes: Are They Really Worth the Investment?

June 13th, 2019

Electric toothbrushes have been on the market for years now, and whether you’re a devout user or a critical skeptic, you may still be wondering: do they really work better, or have we all been duped? Portales dentist Peter L. Thompson, DDS is here to break down some of the myths and separate fact from […]

Applesauce to Zucchini: What Should I Eat After Dental Surgery?

May 27th, 2019

If you need dental surgery, you may have a lot of questions and concerns. How much will it cost? How much will it hurt? Who is going to drive me home? And perhaps most importantly, what can I eat? Recovery can seem a lot more stressful if you don’t stock up on acceptable soft foods […]

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