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Preventive Dentistry – Portales, NM

Don’t Give Cavities a Chance to Form

You may know that oral hygiene is the foundation for a healthy mouth, but did you know that a healthy mouth is part of the foundation for a healthy body? That’s right, when you brush and floss, you’re doing more than just preventing tooth decay and gum disease. You’re maintaining a healthy environment in the mouth that goes hand-in-hand with a healthy environment in the body. If you neglect your oral health, your overall health is quite likely to follow suit. Keep your mouth and body healthy by eating a healthy diet, maintaining a good daily oral hygiene routine, and seeing Dr. Thompson regularly for teeth cleanings, dental exams, and preventive dentistry in Portales, NM.

Why Choose Peter L. Thompson, DDS for Preventive Dentistry?

  • Highly Educated, Experienced Dentist
  • Focus on Excellent Customer Service
  • Modern Dental Office with Advanced Technology

Dental Checkup & Teeth Cleaning

You may be taking good care of your teeth on your own, but even the best oral hygiene routine can have blind spots that allow cavities and gum disease to form. You may not notice these issues in their earliest stages, so the best way to prevent them from causing long term damage is to visit Dr. Thompson for regular checkups and cleanings. He’ll be able to remove any plaque and tartar that has built up and check for warning signs of oral health issues that need to be treated before they cause permanent damage.

Oral Cancer Screening

Patient receiving oral cancer screening during preventive dentistry exam

Oral cancer causes roughly 9,575 deaths in the United States every year. The odds of survival have a correlation to how early diagnosis and treatment are performed, which is why we make an oral cancer screening a regular part of every checkup. Discolored patches and unusual lumps can alert us to the potential presence of oral cancer; in such cases, we can arrange for a biopsy to be performed so that you know for sure whether you need to seek treatment for a potentially life-threatening issue.

Fluoride Treatment

Patient receiving fluoride treatment

Have you ever wondered why fluoride is in most brands of toothpaste and mouthwash? It’s because it actively helps strengthen the teeth and fights against the bacteria that cause tooth decay. During a professional fluoride treatment, you’ll have fluoride applied to your teeth in the form of a rinse, foam, gel, or varnish. The treatment takes a few short minutes, and after allowing the fluoride to be fully absorbed into the teeth, you’ll be able to enjoy stronger, better-protected teeth until your next appointment.

Dental Sealants

Closeup of smile after dental sealant placement

Many of our younger patients have trouble brushing on their own, which is why certain teeth might need more protection than others. The molars near the back of the mouth can be extremely vulnerable to cavities. As such, we may apply dental sealants – thin layers of plastic material – to these teeth. While sealants don’t completely eliminate the risk of decay, they do greatly reduce it by stopping bacteria and food particles from becoming trapped in the various crevices on the surfaces of the molars.

Athletic Mouthguards/
Sportsguards

Custom Athletic mouthguard

If you or a member of your family spends a lot of time playing a favorite sport, it’s important to invest in proper mouth protection so that a sudden accident doesn’t result in an emergency trip to the dentist’s office. Most sports-related dental injuries can be avoided simply by wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard that can absorb much of the impact from a sudden blow to the head or face. Our mouthguards are designed to be comfortable as well as durable.

Nightguards for Bruxism

Clear nightguards for bruxism

The term “bruxism” is another word for unconsciously grinding and clenching the teeth. If this occurs while you’re awake, you can try and break the habit, but what can you do about the grinding that occurs while you’re asleep? You can keep your smile safe at night by wearing a basic oral appliance called a nightguard, which stops the upper and lower rows of teeth from making direct contact with each other; this minimizes the wear and tear that the enamel suffers from during the night.

At-Home Dental Hygiene Products

Good oral hygiene is paramount if you want your smile to last a lifetime. But you shouldn’t settle for the first box of toothpaste you find at the grocery store; you should take the time to learn about the various brands and figure out which one is best for your unique dental needs. At our dental office, we use Colgate Total toothpaste, which is filled with ingredients that help significantly reduce bacteria on the teeth as well as the rest of your mouth. Talk to Dr. Thompson for more suggestions on what kind of dental products you should pick up in the near future.