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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.

Can I Recycle My Toothbrush?

January 13th, 2021

Take a look around your bathroom and you’re likely to see a lot of products in plastic packaging. Paper boxes and toilet paper rolls are easily recycled in your bin at home, but what about the tricky stuff like toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes? Your Portales dentist Dr. Peter Thompson has the answers! Toothbrush Recycling That’s […]

Your Options for Teeth Straightening

December 27th, 2020

Maybe Mona Lisa would have cracked a real smile if she had been more confident in her teeth! All jokes aside, you don’t have to live every day embarrassed by your own smile. Orthodontic treatments today are much more desirable than those of yesteryear. There are a lot of good reasons to straighten your teeth, […]

Finding Your Oasis: Food & Drinks for Dry Mouth

December 13th, 2020

Xerostomia is the technical term for dry mouth, the condition that results from absent or reduced saliva flow. It is not a disease on its own, but it may be a side effect of medication or radiation treatments.  Xerostomia affects about 20% of the elderly population—not because of their age, but due to the increased […]

How NOT to Pull a Loose Tooth

November 27th, 2020

We’ve all seen variations of DIY methods when it comes to pulling loose baby teeth: the string and door slam method is by far one of the most popular (although we’re not sure why). But our team at Peter L. Thompson, DDS is here to advise against this and similarly aggressive techniques so your kiddo […]

Can I Recycle My Toothbrush?

November 13th, 2020

Take a look around your bathroom and you’re likely to see a lot of products in plastic packaging. Paper boxes and toilet paper rolls are easily recycled in your bin at home, but what about the tricky stuff like toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes? Your Portales dentist Dr. Peter Thompson has the answers! Toothbrush Recycling That’s […]

Pregnant Moms & Oral Health: Brushing & Flossing for Two

October 27th, 2020

There are so many things to be concerned about when you find out you’re expecting. Eating right, taking enough vitamins, getting enough rest, telling your husband there is absolutely no way you are naming your firstborn son Bud Light… but what about your teeth? There’s an old saying—“you lose a tooth for every baby”—but those […]

“Buy-Up” Dental Insurance: A Little Extra Protection

October 13th, 2020

When it comes to dental insurance, it seems like there can be as many (or more) questions as there are answers. Even when you are fortunate enough to have dental insurance, navigating its use can still be very confusing. Many people don’t give their dental insurance a second thought – until the day comes when […]

Filling in the Gaps: Restoring Your Smile & Quality of Life

September 27th, 2020

Life is full of unexpected surprises, and while we’d love for all of them to be smile-inducing, that’s not entirely realistic—and there may be many reasons you hide your smile. If you’re hiding your smile because of one or more missing teeth, we want you to know you’re not alone. In fact, 120 million people […]

To Be or Not to Be Sugar-Free: The Facts About Artificial Sweeteners

September 16th, 2020

Originally created for people unable to consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Peter Thompson wants you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health – so here are the facts about […]

Don’t Have a Stroke – Your Dentist Can Help

August 27th, 2020

You might be surprised to hear that the state of your oral health has a lot to do with preventing a stroke. There’s a certain kind of bad oral bacteria that cause gum disease, travel to other parts of your body, and cause harm. A stroke is a common but dangerous medical condition that causes […]

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