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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.

“Lasers”: A Groovy Tool for Dentists

November 27th, 2019

At Peter L. Thompson, DDS, we take pride in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest and greatest in dental treatments and technologies. That’s why we think dental “lasers” are truly smashing. And if you’re worried about paying one million dollars, rest assured laser treatments are more accessible and affordable than […]

Stop Brushing After You Eat – Do This Instead

November 13th, 2019

For a long time, we’ve been told to brush our teeth right after we eat, but conventional wisdom might be changing on that. Thanks to your mouth’s powerful and natural ability to clean itself, rinsing with water might actually be the best way to freshen your breath and prevent cavities after you eat. In addition […]

Bacteria: The Good, the Bad & the Neutral

October 27th, 2019

Living in a land of antibacterial gels, soaps, plastics, and even fabrics, it might surprise you to hear that tons of bacteria live in your mouth every day, and they aren’t all bad! In fact, some play an important role in keeping up your overall health. Some oral bacteria, however, can cause serious problems and […]

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 […]

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