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Brushing Your Teeth – Are You Doing It Wrong?

September 27, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health — Dr Peter Thompson @ 12:00 pm

Did you know that certain times of day might be better for brushing than others? While it’s always recommended to brush your teeth twice per day, and floss once per day, your timing is also important.

If you love your pearly whites and want to keep them around as long as possible (because face it, life would be pretty difficult without your teeth), read more to improve your tooth brushing game.

Acid in Your Mouth

Some level of acid in your mouth is normal, especially after you eat. After you eat, the healthy bacteria in your mouth go to work to break down microscopic bits of food leftover (yum!) and they produce acid as a result. However, consuming too much sugar increases the acid production beyond a healthy level. Snacking all day also keeps those bacteria working and producing more acid than your teeth can handle. (more…)

Could Brushing & Flossing Prevent a Heart Attack?

September 13, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health — Dr Peter Thompson @ 12:00 pm

A lot of healthy lifestyle choices benefit more than one system within your body. Eating well, exercising, good sleep, and fresh air all support a lot of your physical needs. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that what hurts one area of your health can easily hurt another area, too. An important (though less known) connection in your health systems is the connection between oral hygiene and heart health.

Heart Disease

Your mouth is home to countless kinds of bacteria. Most of these bacteria are normal and good, but some may put you at a higher risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease. Heart disease is an umbrella term that covers a wide array of less-than-desirable conditions in your heart and its connecting vessels. Your heart muscle, valves, and rhythm can all be affected by heart disease. (more…)

Flossing 101

August 27, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health — Dr Peter Thompson @ 1:12 pm

How do you feel when you see that little plastic floss container in your medicine cabinet? Eagerness to achieve that clean feeling in your mouth? Or regret over a habit you have trouble keeping? However you feel about floss, one thing is true – this habit is equal parts simple and incredibly effective for improving your oral health. Portales dentist Peter L. Thompson, DDS shares more below about why you should floss, how to floss, and what to do if flossing causes your gums to bleed.

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Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

August 14, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health — Dr Peter Thompson @ 12:00 pm

Nicknamed for the fact that they come into your mouth and your life by the time you are mature and supposedly “wise”, wisdom teeth are simply the last set of molars that grow furthest back in your mouth. If you’re experiencing some specific pain in your gums and jaw, you may be wondering if you have impacted wisdom teeth.

Dr. Thompson takes care of wisdom teeth from all around Portales! Let us tell you more about impacted wisdom teeth and what to do if you have them. (more…)

Oral Cancer – Protection & Early Detection

July 13, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Oral Cancer — Dr Peter Thompson @ 12:00 pm

Cancer is always a scary word—but it doesn’t have to be the last word. Equipped with good information and the best doctors, you can feel empowered to navigate whatever stands before you or your loved one. Oral cancer is common, affecting approximately 50,000 Americans every year. If you have more questions about oral cancer, read more below from Dr. Thompson at Peter L. Thompson, DDS in Portales. (more…)

Why Does My Jaw Hurt?

June 27, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Patient Care — Dr Peter Thompson @ 12:00 pm

If your jaw clicks when it opens, or you can’t fully open it, or you have pain in your face and trouble chewing, then you’re among the 15% of Americans who have chronic jaw pain.

Your jaw joint is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The name comes from the jaw’s role to connect your temporal bone in the skull with your mandible bone. Some people experience short-term pain that goes away with ice and over-the-counter medicine. But if you have chronic jaw pain or you can’t open your mouth, you might have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and it’s important to see your dentist right away to find relief.

Dr. Thompson, Portales dentist explains more below about the causes and treatments of jaw pain. (more…)

Prevention vs. Treatment of Oral Health

June 13, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health — Dr Peter Thompson @ 12:00 pm

defines health as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Sadly, in our fast-paced culture, many of us settle for less-than-healthy or even truly sick conditions every day. We allow ourselves to be tired, achy, stressed and in pain more often than not. Why? Because it’s hard to prioritize our long-term health in a world of so many immediate needs competing for our attention. But long-term health is actually the most important need of all. Without our health, we won’t truly be able to enjoy life or contribute to a greater good.

Dr. Thompson offers a few points on how to seek wellness and prevent oral health problems before they even start. (more…)

5 Natural Ways to Sleep Better

May 27, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Patient Care — Dr Peter Thompson @ 8:06 am

We think fondly of it, we all want it – why is it so hard to find? We’re talking about sleep, of course. A poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 60% of adults report having trouble sleeping almost every night, with 63% saying their sleep needs are not being met.

Like water, a healthy diet, and breathing, sleep is essential to support every part of your health. Sleep is when our bodies rest, repair, and run a lot of self-maintenance. Studies show that not getting enough sleep can harm your memory, your heart health, your immune system, and make you gain excess weight.

Sometimes sleep loss is a real medical issue that needs to be treated by a doctor (your Portales dentist can help with sleep apnea). But if you’re just dealing with the common troubles of settling down and enjoying your sleep, we’ve got sleep tips that are all natural and easy to incorporate into your life…starting tonight!

Set the Tone

Think of everything you do to set the right tone for a dinner party or even a study session. Every event needs some preparation. You can do a lot of little things to immediately make your environment more conducive for sleeping:

  • Turn your phone off
  • Dim the lights
  • Clean up if it will make you feel better
  • Light a candle
  • Use blackout shades to keep out any remaining sun or street light
  • Lower the air conditioning to 65-68 degrees
  • Write a to-do list for the morning so you can stop thinking about ongoing tasks and let your mind rest

Make the Time

When it comes to sleep, timing is everything. Yes, you need to find about 8 hours each night when you can actually close your eyes. But just as important is the hour you spend before going to bed, as well as the time you wake up. If you want to sleep better:

  • Start winding down at the same time each night.
  • Try to be in bed with lights out at the same time each night.
  • Wake up at the same time every day, including weekends.

Doing this naturally guides your circadian rhythm—the important hormones that direct your body clock for sleeping and waking over 24 hours. This will teach your body to expect sleep at a certain time and to actually be ready for it.

Establish a Routine

Harness the power of psychology and classical conditioning. Remember Pavlov’s dogs? Use the same stimulus to trigger your mind and body that it’s bedtime each night. For many children, even the first line of their bedtime song will trigger a yawn. You can trigger sleepiness for yourself by lighting the same candle, playing the same song, brushing and flossing your teeth[LINK] and putting your pajamas on in the same order each night.

Herbal Supplements & Aromatherapy

There’s a lot to be learned about the power of herbs and aromatherapy when it comes to aiding a healthy lifestyle. Consider taking melatonin—a naturally occurring hormone that balances sleep; magnesium—a mineral that can calm your nerves and muscles; or valerian—an herb that helps you fall asleep faster and deeper. These are completely safe and natural supplements you can take regularly to help with sleep.

Similarly, using lavender, vetiver, or sandalwood oil can calm your body and induce better sleep. Try diffusing oil into the air or put drops on your pillow. Some supplements and methods will work better for you than others and they all do different things to the body. So talk with your doctor before taking any new herbs or supplements.

Meditate & Read

How you spend the hour before bed can do a lot to help you sleep better. According to the National Sleep Foundation, watching television or looking at any screen before bed can seriously hurt your chances of a good night’s rest. Instead, try reading something in actual paper and ink. It doesn’t have to be hard literature; even a magazine or light read is better than a screen and social media. Whatever you read is bound to make for a better conversation-starter throughout the week, too.

This might be especially difficult for people who feel they have to work on their computers late into the night. If that’s you, remember that you’re only human and you’ll be more productive the next day if you get the sleep you need.

You can also try meditating, praying, or remembering things for which you’re grateful before you fall asleep. Your brain needs time to cool down and relax before totally shutting off and sleeping. This can help end the cycle of thoughts and worries that prevent many folks from finding restful sleep.

Sleep Help from the Dentist

As a professional healthcare provider, Dr. Thompson wishes all of our patients full health and wellness, including quality sleep! In some cases, oral health issues such as TMJ, grinding and clenching (bruxism), or sleep apnea might be physical barriers keeping you from getting enough sleep. Your dentist can help you address and treat these issues.

If you are looking for a Portales dentist to help with these or any oral health needs, make an appointment at our office Peter L. Thompson, DDS today!

Sources

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/natural-sleeping-remedies#promoSlide

https://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsSleep/

https://sleepfoundation.org/media-center/press-release/annual-sleep-america-poll-exploring-connections-communications-technology-use-

What Happens in Your Mouth While You Sleep?

May 13, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health — Dr Peter Thompson @ 12:00 pm

Ah, nighttime… the end of the day, the ceasing of work, and hopefully a good night’s sleep. But did you know things are still happening in your mouth all night long, even if you’re blissfully unaware of it? Dr. Thompson, Portales dentist sheds some light on the world of your mouth and everything going on inside of it while you catch some zzz’s. (more…)

An Alkaline Diet for Oral Health

April 27, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Diabetes,Patient Care — Dr Peter Thompson @ 12:00 pm

Acids and bases might sound like something from far back in your memory, like middle school science class, but the concept is still very applicable to every aspect of life today.

The foods and beverages you consume daily have a very big effect on your oral health and overall health, for better or worse. You can protect and support your health by eating the right foods. We know this isn’t news to anyone, but it’s much easier said than done, right?

Portales dentist Dr. Peter Thompson explains more below about how an alkaline diet can benefit your oral health and overall health. (more…)

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