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Bad Breath: When Morning Breath Becomes Halitosis

April 13, 2018

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

It’s often said that a true friend will tell you if you have bad breath. Bad breath, formally known as halitosis, is embarrassing and can hold you back from truly enjoying your life and social situations. Like a good friend, Dr. Thompson in Portales will tell it to you straight. Read more below to determine what to do about your bad breath. (more…)

Same Day Dentistry – Too Good to Be True?

March 27, 2018

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

In a world of same day shipping and same day photo prints, your dental restorations can now be same day services too! This is thanks to CEREC® milling machines and digital imaging technology. CEREC is short for “ceramic reconstruction”. This technology has been around since the early 1980s and it’s only gotten better with time, for both dentists and patients. (more…)

Keeping Health History Updated May Help Save Your Teeth

March 13, 2018

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

Keeping your health history updated with Dr. Thompson may help save your teeth. Although you may think of general health and dental health as two completely unrelated categories, they are much more connected than the average person suspects. Just as the information you share with your general practitioner assists them in keeping you healthy, Dr. Thompson depends on your input for optimal dental health. (more…)

Hate Flossing? – 5 Flossing Alternatives

February 27, 2018

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

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who floss, and those who don’t. Diligent flossers everywhere inspire those of us who live with them or know them. Flossing may not be an actual virtue but it’s certainly high on the list of qualities amongst people who “have it together.” Read more below about why flossing is so important and what alternatives you have if you don’t like traditional floss. (more…)

Fluoride: Good or Bad?

February 13, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Dental Services,Patient Care — Dr Peter Thompson @ 11:30 am

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride can actually be toxic if ingested in large enough quantities.

So, which is true? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? At Peter L. Thompson, DDS, we know that Portales folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own conclusion. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to contact us(more…)

Mouthguards – Do They Really Work?

January 27, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Dental Services,Patient Care — Dr Peter Thompson @ 1:00 pm

Sore jaw? Restless nights? Play sports? If any of these apply to you, you might be surprised to hear that you could use a mouthguard!

Functions of Mouthguards

Mouthguards are solid pieces of plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific resting position. The basic function of a mouthguard is protection. Mouthguards help prevent accidental mouth injuries, ease pain from grinding your teeth, and can even help patients with trouble sleeping. (more…)

Dry Mouth: Nothing to Spit At

January 13, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Patient Care — Dr Peter Thompson @ 1:00 pm

Can you imagine a 2-liter bottle of your favorite soda? Now imagine that same bottle filled with spit. That’s approximately how much saliva the average adult produces in their mouth every day! It may be gross, but it’s definitely important. Saliva is a normal body fluid that’s crucial for oral health and overall wellness.

If you struggle to make enough saliva, your mouth will feel very dry and you will have trouble with daily activities like speaking, eating, and swallowing. This condition is commonly known as dry mouth, but the clinical name is xerostomia. A chronically dry mouth is uncomfortable and unhealthy. (more…)

Dental Bridges 101

December 13, 2017

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Dental Services,Patient Care — Dr Peter Thompson @ 1:00 pm

A hole in your smile is never a positive thing. It negatively affects physical appearance, eating, speaking, and your overall sense of confidence and well-being. Let Peter L. Thompson, DDS bridge the gap between where you are with your smile and where you want to be! (more…)

Lemon Juice – The Good, the Bad, & the Sour

November 27, 2017

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Patient Care — Dr Peter Thompson @ 1:38 pm

In a great tale of opposites, lemon juice can be both acidic and basic, or alkaline. Read on to find out why people are talking about this, and what it means for your oral and overall health. (more…)

Is it Time to Straighten?

October 27, 2017

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health,Patient Care — Dr Peter Thompson @ 1:21 pm

When to Straighten Your Teeth

There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth. In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. People of any age can have their teeth straightened-there is never a bad time-but there are certain times when it makes more sense.

Portales dentist, Dr. Thompson is a local provider of professional orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth. (more…)

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