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10 Terrific Tooth Tips From William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On June 24, 2016, in General Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
7. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition. If you have already experienced dental complications related to diabetes, schedule a consultation with William Stewart by calling 210-428-6535.
8. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth. William Stewart can help you protect your teeth if you live with this unpleasant condition.
9. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury. Many San Antonio dentists offer custom mouthguards that fit perfectly.
10. If you are looking for an excellent dentist in the San Antonio area, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. William Stewart at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we provide gentle, quality care for children and adults. Talk to us about preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or children’s dentistry. We look forward to serving you.

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230

 

 

Are You Smiling?

On June 17, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hello San Antonio! Welcome to William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, and we have been here serving the San Antonio area since 1981. We are constantly striving to cater to the oral health needs of our patients, and we hope that you might be one of these patients soon!

One innovative way that we keep our patients and others informed is by this blog, the William J. Stewart Jr. DDS blog. We want to keep families informed about how they can have healthy, beautiful smiles.

A central goal of this blog is to encourage everyone to develop more effective oral health habits, such as proper brushing and flossing. We also want to promote the use of quality dental products.

Cosmetic dentistry is another important topic that we like to address. We offer a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services. Ask us about dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and gum contouring. We hope to educate San Antonio residents on what these procedures are and how they can help you to get the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.

If you have any questions, please call us at 210-428-6535 and a member of our patient-centered and detail oriented staff can schedule an appointment for you. Whether you want to know more about in-office teeth whitening, problems such as dry mouth, dental implants, or invisible braces, we can help.

Call today!

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230

 

 

San Antonio Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Hi. I’m Dr. William Stewart. Welcome to my San Antonio dental blog! I find that many of my patients in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne areas get a couple of dental terms mixed up. Today, I would like to clarify the differences between plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. Regular check-ups and cleanings with your San Antonio dentist are necessary to remove tartar as well as hard-to-reach plaque.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities, but they can lead to cavities. A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb for dental patients is this: Avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities. Got it?

I hope you’ve found this helpful, and if you’re in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne area and are in need of quality dental care, call our office at 210-428-6535 to schedule an appointment today.

Our patient-centered and detail oriented staff would love to answer any questions you have about our services, including cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and veneers.

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230

 

 

No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

On June 3, 2016, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in an interesting field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play an important role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes critical minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s ability to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the detrimental bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The stability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play an essential role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage William J. Stewart Jr. DDS patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is critical for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be proactive about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with innovative cosmetic dentistry, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-428-6535 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

 

Peace Begins With A Smile

On May 27, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? Are you proud to flash a wide, happy grin? Do you believe it is beautiful? Does it express your best self? Let’s talk about your smile.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups with your local dental provider can prevent runaway decay and expensive corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral problems.

Rest assured that there are ways to redo what nature has given you or cosmetically remedy problems that have affected your once-pleasant smile. Talk to a cosmetic dentist to learn how you can achieve a smile you can be at peace with. For information about veneers, bridges, dental implants, invisalign braces, visit http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/.

I’m Dr. William Stewart with William J. Stewart Jr. DDS located in San Antonio at 13220 Huebner Rd. Just like Mother Teresa said, I believe peace can begin with a smile. If you are not content with the appearance or condition of your teeth, gums, or bite, call 210-428-6535 to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

I have years of experience providing my San Antonio area patients with cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers and total mouth reconstruction. I fix bite issues, seal children’s molars, remove decay, contour gums, mend cracks, bridge gaps, and reconstruct after tooth injury.

We are your local, experienced dental practice and provide quality service and products. We are passionate about creating the best dental experience possible. If dental visits make you feel the exact opposite of peaceful, let’s talk about oral conscious sedation. With a little help, you can get through your treatment with minimal anxiety and be at peace with your smile for years to come.

We’ve been providing services such as cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants since 1981 to San Antonio and nearby communities such as Beorne, Shavano Park, and Leon Springs. Even patients from San Antonio have found value in traveling to see us. Our patient-centered and detail oriented, competent staff can schedule and discuss any of our top services such as root canals, clear braces, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and dental crowns.

Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles- William Stewart

 

What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

On May 20, 2016, in General Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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San Antonio dentists know that a mouth examination can reveal problems in other parts of the patient’s body. Because many diseases manifest in soft tissues of the mouth or cause pain in the jaw, dentists often refer patients to their medical doctor for further diagnosis when they encounter issues such as inflammation, chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, or jaw pain.

Healthcare providers may soon have another oral diagnostic tool for detecting systemic diseases – a test that analyzes the molecules in saliva.

“UCLA researchers are working on a test that could have the ability to diagnose diseases like diabetes and cancer. It’s conceivable that dentists will soon be able to take saliva samples that can be tested for numerous diseases. And if that happens, disease diagnosis will be much simpler for all parties.”1

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, Dr. William Stewart helps patients maintain optimum oral health and dazzling smiles with advanced cosmetic dentistry. However, Dr. Stewart understands how the state of your dental health affects the rest of your body. You can think of Dr. Stewart as an indispensable member of your complete healthcare team who is dedicated to your overall health and well-being.

If you are in need of dental care, we invite you to schedule an examination and cleaning by calling William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. Some of our most popular treatments at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS include sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and root canals. We also do oral cancer screening.

1Saliva Test May Uncover Deadly Diseases, Dentistry Today (citing an article in Clinical Chemistry, clinchem.org), November 6, 2014, http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10711-saliva-test-may-uncover-deadly-diseases, accessed on December 19, 2014

 

Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

On May 13, 2016, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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New San Antonio parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association’s recommendations on infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. After all, brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to dental caries as older teeth.

Parents are encourage to use a cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come in, it becomes more critical for the teeth to be brushed after each meal or, at least, twice a day.

It is vital to opt for the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing time as pleasant as possible. A soft bristled brush is best with a small amount of toothpaste. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are useful. Also, there are circle and triangular-shaped brushes that allow your toddler to walk around with their brush with less chance of injury in case of a fall.

If the toothpaste is causing an unpleasant struggle, brush without toothpaste. The goal is to remove food pieces that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.

When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is critical to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most children don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

Until the child is old enough to properly brush his or her teeth, they should receive adult supervision and guidance. Instilling the proper brushing and flossing procedures will reap lifelong benefits. While it may seem that supervising them is time consuming, remember that it’s forming a daily habit that will preserve their health. Also, dental expenses related to poor oral hygiene will be avoided.

Your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of the first tooth appearing and no later than their first birthday. It may seem early, but just as your San Antonio pediatrician sees your baby regularly to make sure their physical health is on track and counsel you about your important role, you can rely on your dentist to look out for potential troubles and counsel you about how to help your child maintain a healthy smile.

Seek your dentist’s counsel regarding pacifiers and sippy cups, nighttime bottles, and x-ray safety. Dentist can counsel parents with older children about sealants, tooth protection for athletics, and orthodontics.

If you live in the San Antonio area and don’t yet have a trusted family dentist, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-428-6535 to schedule your child’s dental appointment with Dr. William Stewart. By starting young, your child will become familiar with our San Antonio dental practice and our friendly staff, ensuring that he or she never develops a fear of the dentist.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/ for more details about our services. We provide sedation dentistry, dental crowns, teeth whitening, clear braces and root canals.

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230

 

 

Fun Floss Facts For San Antonio

On May 6, 2016, in General Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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You probably believe that the paramount aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. We agree. However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish or solidify the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire.

Let’s discuss some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is usually made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less costly, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is usually referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is helpful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the layout of a wide, flat ribbon. Many William J. Stewart Jr. DDS patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to speak with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this essential habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!

A good person to give you counsel about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, our proficient hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth bleaching and veneers.

My name is Dr. William Stewart. My practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, has been serving the San Antonio area since 1981. Our top services include: root canals, sedation dentistry, and clear braces.

Call us today at 210-428-6535 for your appointment! You can also visit us on the web at http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/.

The following blog post was used as source material for this blog:
“The Different Types of Dental Floss”, Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/dental-floss_b_1643933.html, accessed on September 17, 2013

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230

 

 

Creating Beautiful Smiles At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On April 29, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Creating beautiful San Antonio smiles at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS I am glad you found our blog! I’m William Stewart, DDS, of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, a full-service dental practice in San Antonio. I am a proud member of the American Dental Association. My profession is dentistry, but my passion is providing superior and affordable dental care for my San Antonio patients.

I began serving Texas residents in the San Antonio area back in 1981. Since that time, my profession has undergone dramatic changes which have benefited my Shavano Park teeth whitening patients and Leon Springs tooth restoration patients in many ways.

We offer cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers and dental implants.

I know my San Antonio dentistry patients have many choices for their dental care and I work hard every day to surpass expectations.

I build long-term relationships with my cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic patients. I constantly educate myself on the latest procedures to determine how I can best serve my patients.

My porcelain veneer patients appreciate the time I take to thoroughly analyze their total oral health. My patient-centered and detail oriented staff enjoys keeping my family dentistry practice running smoothly so I can concentrate on what I do best—serving my San Antonio patients!

William Stewart, DDS  210-428-6535

 

6 Ways To Improve Your Smile

On April 22, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Who would say no to a prettier smile? I am guessing no one, and now with all of the amazing cosmetic dentistry procedures available from San Antonio, Leon Springs, and Beorne cosmetic dentists, most dental patients can get the smile they want. Here is a quick look at some of the most popular treatments.

1. Teeth whitening is the most common procedure and it is used to lighten discolored teeth. This quick and easy procedure is usually done in the dentist office, and the results can be surprisingly dramatic.

2. Bonding is a popular treatment that uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This material is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted into the desired shape, and then hardened and polished.

3. Tooth reshaping is a simple way to improve the appearance of teeth. It involves removing part of the enamel and can be used to fix small chips or to change the length or position of teeth.

4. Veneers are custom-made porcelain coverings that are very thin. They are bonded to the teeth and can be used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

5. For most San Antonio, Leon Springs, and Shavano Park patients, dental implants are the best way to fix a missing tooth.

6. And finally, there is the complete smile makeover. A smile makeover uses a combination of the available treatments to get Shavano Park dental patients the smiles they want.

Hi. I’m Dr. William Stewart, a local San Antonio dentist, and I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best. My practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, offers the following services:

sedation dentistry
dental crowns
root canals
teeth whitening

If you are in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 210-428-6535.

We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230