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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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