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.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a really long name… so let’s call it TMJ. That sounds more familiar—you’ve probably heard it before. Maybe some lingering pain in your chewing muscles and bones even have you wondering if you have it. TMJ dysfunction is sometimes called TMD, TMJD, or TMJ Syndrome, especially if there seem to be […]
If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we love to talk about tooth decay. The chances are, every adult has had or will have tooth decay at one point. It is classified by the National Institutes of Health as the most prevalent disease in the world. Today we’re going to talk about a […]
Malocclusion is the dental term for misaligned teeth, a common condition affecting about 200,000 people in the United States every year. Many seek cosmetic solutions to feel better about their smiles, but there are also negative health consequences including pain and discomfort that result from improperly aligned teeth. The most severe cases may require surgical […]
They say not everything natural is good for you. Nature has many poisons that humans have experimented with and learned the hard way to avoid. Tobacco is a popular plant that we’ve learned can really do a number on your health. Using tobacco is a personal and communal practice that can be really hard to […]
What is Gum Disease? The short answer: gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic, but you can prevent it! The long answer: all the tissues in your body have a self-defense mechanism called “inflammation.” When bacteria build up in your mouth, your gum tissue will inflame to try and kill […]
Peter L. Thompson, DDS believes that natural beauty comes first. Our priority is for you to feel comfortable in your smile, and nothing should hold you back from laughing and grinning each day. Many different dental treatments can bring you this lifelong confidence. But we also know that the right makeup can enhance your natural […]
Bite. Crack. Ouch! A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a broken tooth will not heal itself and needs to be cared for immediately. Depending on the extent and location of the damage, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or crown. All versions of the […]
If your teeth or jaw don’t line up well with each other, you may have crossbite. Portales dentist Dr. Peter L. Thompson explains more about this condition, its effects and what you can do to treat it below. A Good Bite In a perfect world, your teeth would all be straight, and your upper jaw […]
People in the United States eat more sugar than any other country in the world. (Fortunately, we also have some of the best dentists in the world.) You hear it all the time: “sugar rots your teeth.” But is it true? What exactly does sugar do to your teeth and why is it so bad? […]
Have you ever heard someone say, “I would rather have a root canal”? Most of us in Portales are used to hearing root canals compared to some genuinely unpleasant circumstances, but Dr. Thompson and Dr. Pacheco would like to set the record straight and talk about how root canals can do some serious dental good. […]
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