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The Oral-Systemic Link: Risk Factors for Tooth Decay

December 13, 2019

Filed under: Blog,Dental Health — Tags: — Dr Peter Thompson @ 12:44 pm

Did you know the same plaque that decays your teeth can cause major heart problems? What if you could fight plaque and heart failure both by improving your oral health? Portales dentist Dr. Peter Thompson is here to tell you more!

Someone dies from a heart attack every minute, according to the American Heart Association, and most heart attacks (and 85% of strokes) are caused by cholesterol build-up – aka plaque.

But there is good news. You can work with Peter L. Thompson, DDS, and your doctor to understand and minimize your risk factors for developing plaque and tooth decay.

Risk Factors for Tooth Decay


The Science of Tooth Decay

February 27, 2019

Filed under: Blog — Tags: — Dr Peter Thompson @ 7:55 am

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 few of the factors involved in causing tooth decay and what you and Peter L. Thompson, DDS can do to protect your smile.

The Unique Makeup of Your Teeth

Even within your own mouth, teeth vary widely in shape, size, and enamel quality and consistency. Some teeth are harder than others, and some—especially molars—may have deep fissures that can trap bacteria, causing decay. Additional defects in enamel formation can cause yellow or brown areas on your teeth that are more susceptible to caries (tooth decay).