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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

 

 

Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

On April 15, 2016, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we approach all your dental needs from two separate angles – what we can do in our San Antonio office and what you can do at home. For example, tooth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office there are safe and effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening methods are also safe and effective and sometimes more affordable.

Additionally, we advise you regarding food and drink choices that can affect your whitened smile. Be aware of staining culprits such as coffee, tea, tobacco and harsh sodas. We understand that avoiding these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

Awareness and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary drink can cut down on the contact your teeth have with such substances. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can lead to stronger staining and discoloration.

If you are interested in making improvements to your smile and creating a more confident appearance for your professional career or personal relationships, please pick up the phone and contact the amazing staff at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today 210-428-6535. Dr. William Stewart, DDS, takes pride in providing patient-centered and detail oriented care and expertise when treating patients.

Come discover the personal attention with root canals, the patient and steady hand with teeth whitening, the wise and thorough instruction relating to sedation dentistry. Once you’ve scheduled a consultation, make the easy drive to 13220 Huebner Rd San Antonio, Texas 78230 and settle in for guidance that will make your daily oral care and lifestyle choices productive and meaningful.

When it comes to hygiene and healthy teeth we are a practice that wants to see you as little as possible. (It’s not that we don’t love you – we just want you to have a healthy smile!) If we only see you twice a year for regular checkups then we’ve done our job. Check out our website at http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/ or come in for an evaluation and recommendations.

Dr. Stewart provides the full spectrum of dental services from cosmetic dentistry to porcelain veneers to dental implants. And we welcome patients from all over the area, from San Antonio to Beorne and from Shavano Park to Leon Springs.

Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles- William Stewart

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230

 

 

Soda Spells Double Trouble For Leon Springs

On April 1, 2016, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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San Antonio Dental Health Is Affected By Soda - Cosmetic Dentist

Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems that these days it’s the dietary villain of choice. Today in the William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Dental Blog, we are going to give you yet another reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda deals a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is bad for your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to decay. This is especially harmful to San Antonio, Shavano Park, and Beorne children and teens because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some people think that they can avoid problems by choosing diet soda for their refreshment, but, unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.

Soda consumption can also lead to discoloration of teeth and the need for cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or dramatically reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your kids away from soda as much as possible so their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water right after you have soda and brush more often (but wait a half hour after you consume your soda so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

My name is Dr. William Stewart. I provide advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the San Antonio area. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to have the dazzling smiles they desire, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 210-493-3040.

Call for your appointment today!

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
210-493-3040
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/

 

Tooth Brushing Basics For Healthy Smiles In San Antonio

On March 25, 2016, in Gum Disease, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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San Antonio Teeth Bleaching Why should everyone in San Antonio brush at least twice a day? Let’s take a look at why this is so important.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and inhibits the build up of plaque. If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums pull away from teeth.
  3. Bacteria multiplies in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if detected early.

Call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-493-3040 to schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in San Antonio.

 

How Bright Can You Shine, San Antonio?

On March 18, 2016, in Teeth Whitening, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hello San Antonio! Do you want brighter, whiter teeth? Most Leon Springs residents notice their teeth dulling as the years go by, but some foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth at any age.

OTC tooth whitening products like kits, strips, or toothpastes may slightly lighten stains, but for a truly brilliant smile, see William Stewart!

If you have dental veneers, bonding, or bridges, teeth whitening bleach will not sway the stains and your whitened natural teeth may make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we can advise you about new dental work, including veneers or bondings, if these have discolored with age.

Remember, anything that can stain a white t-shirt can stain teeth.

Fortunately, brushing after meals can keep stains at bay, however after consuming acidic foods or drinks, just rinse your mouth with water. Brushing right away can erode enamel.

San Antonio in-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS and can produce outstanding results over time.

For more specifics about a younger and brighter smile, contact our patient-centered and detail oriented dental team for a smile brightening consultation today!

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
210-493-3040
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/

We provide the highest quality general and cosmetic dentistry including veneers, crowns, bonding, orthodontia, and teeth whitening. Ask us about financing options.