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.
operation_janet / Foter.com / CC BY-ND Are you one of those people who finds it an ordeal to visit the dentist? Do you prefer to put up with toothache rather than seek essential dental treatment? Does the mere thought of sitting in the dental chair bring you out in a cold sweat? If so you […]
June is National Men’s Health Month, and Peter L. Thompson DDS wants you to know about how your teeth can affect cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death for men in our country. We want all of our patients to have healthy mouths, as well as healthy bodies. New studies show that it may […]
In celebration of National Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day, Dr. Thompson is hoping to educate all Portales, NM men and their loved ones about the dangers of sleep apnea. This condition is sadly underdiagnosed and, of the 12 million people who do know they have it, many often do not get the treatment they […]
Dan Lockton / Foter.com / CC BY-ND By: Lauren Hapeman Fluoride, a mineral ion that is found naturally in saliva and also in many water supplies, has been proven to deposit into the enamel (the strongest, outermost structure of teeth). This mineral is generally seen as an excellent preventive measure for dental patients to use, […]
May is National Women’s Health Month, and Dr. Thompson would like to discuss a disorder that is nine times more likely to affect a woman than a man. Twenty years ago, most people had never heard of the condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD), even though some research estimates that over 10 million […]
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and Peter L. Thompson DDS is working with health care providers around the country to educate people about the causes of this terrible disease and how everyone can lower their risk of contracting it. Approximately 35,000 people will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer this year, and […]
DeaPeaJay / Foter.com / CC BY-SA Crowns are individual restorations that patients receive when the integrity of a particular tooth’s structure has been jeopardized by decay, frequent bruxism (grinding), or other corrosive forces. It is understood, when a patient decides to receive a crown, that much of the original tooth structure will be lost. A […]
At Peter L. Thompson DDS, we are always looking for new ways to make your life healthier and happier and new studies now prove that dentists can join primary care physicians in fight against diabetes. Dr. Thompson and his staff want to do everything possible to help patients live a long and happy life.
The act of grinding or clenching the upper and lower sets of teeth against each other is called bruxism. It may take place at any time of the day. Often, it occurs when someone is either sleeping or taking a nap. If this happens occasionally, then there is no cause for concern. However, habitual bruxism […]
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