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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.

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 […]

I Had Braces, Now My Jaw Hurts: Can Orthodontics Cause TMJ?

May 13th, 2019

You had braces when you were younger and never experienced any jaw pain or other TMJ symptoms prior. Then, after you completed your orthodontic treatment, you developed a pain in your jaw, maybe accompanied by popping, locking, clenching and grinding. Maybe you developed these symptoms shortly after having your braces removed, maybe it was a […]

Types for All Stripes: Teeth Whitening

April 27th, 2019

Whiter, brighter teeth are on the top of everyone’s smile wish list – and for good reason! White teeth look young and healthy. The good news is that teeth whitening is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve your smile, and the results are almost immediate. If you’re already taking good care of […]

Oral Health & Alzheimer’s – Don’t Forget to Floss!

April 13th, 2019

Did you know that unhealthy gums might put your brain at risk? Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, which harms your memory, ability to think, and can cause changes in your personality. It’s very common and usually affects people aged 60 and over. And, Alzheimer’s might be significantly more likely to happen if your mouth […]

Local Anesthetic – Is it Safe?

March 27th, 2019

If you get to go on a tropical vacation, your ability to feel the warm sun and the smooth sand is crucial to enjoying the atmosphere. There are, however, times in life when you would rather not feel anything. Getting a dental procedure can be one of those times—as important as the procedure might be. […]

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