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Tonsil Stones: San Antonio’s Questions Answered

On April 24, 2015, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hi, my name is Dr. William Stewart and I am a cosmetic dentist with a full-service practice in San Antonio. Today in the San Antonio dental blog I would like to address the subject of tonsil stones. The first thing that Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne dental patients usually ask about tonsil stones is, “What in the world are tonsil stones?”

Before we answer that, let’s review what the tonsils are. Your tonsils sit in the back of your throat. They are gland-like and there is one tonsil located in each pocket on either side of the back of your throat. Tonsils are made of the infection-fighting tissue known as lymphocytes, but tonsils aren’t really that great at their job of germ killing.

Tonsils have many areas where dead cells, mucous, and bacteria can become trapped. If this debris accumulates and becomes concentrated, white formations can occur in the pockets. Once it hardens, it becomes a tonsil stone.

It is rare for these tonsil stones to become large and cause problems, but if they do, you may experience the following symptoms:

Bad breath
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
Ear pain
Swelling of tonsils

It’s important to discuss treatment with your San Antonio dentist or doctor. The only sure-fire way to avoid tonsil stones is to have the tonsils completely removed, but very few cases become this serious.

Thank you for visiting my dental blog. I am passionate about the oral health of my San Antonio area patients. I also want them to have the beautiful smiles that they desire, that’s why I love to discuss with them the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as teeth whitening, veneers, invisible braces, dental bonding, and dental implants.

For general, pediatric, or cosmetic dentistry, call 210-493-3040 today to schedule an appointment with us!

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

The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
“Tonsil Stones”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention, accessed on September 11, 2013

The Future Of Tooth Decay In San Antonio

On April 17, 2015, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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The Future Of Tooth Decay In San Antonio

Dental patients in the San Antonio area may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. Well the answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, have regular visits with your Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne dentist. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the San Antonio area, come visit us here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. Dr. William Stewart has been a dentist in San Antonio since 1981.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeover procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS offers:

Sedation dentistry
Dental crowns
Root canals
Teeth whitening

Call 210-493-3040 to schedule an appointment!

What Is Lurking Under Your Gumline?

On April 10, 2015, in Gum Disease, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hello San Antonio residents! Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.

When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Make sure you get the floss into the pocket between the teeth and scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.

Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away. Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gumline is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.

There is more than one way to damage your teeth – even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause problems with the parts you can’t see.

I am Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. My staff and I promote preventative dentistry by working with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today at 210-428-6535 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination in San Antonio.
During your exam, Dr. Stewart will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio, we provide full general and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry and dental crowns. If you have healthy teeth and gums but want to brighten your smile, ask us about teeth bleaching in San Antonio.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/

Wear A Crown In San Antonio

On April 3, 2015, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Wear A Crown In San Antonio

Some San Antonio residents who have a weak or broken tooth may want to research dental crowns as a solution to improve their smile and overall oral health. A crown is really a cap or covering that is tooth-shaped and when it is in place, it will cover the portion of the covered tooth that is above the gum line.

Crowns can be made of metals, resin, ceramic, porcelain, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal material. Your San Antonio area dentist will usually put in a temporary crown while a permanent crown is being created especially for your mouth in a dental laboratory.

Some dentists, including Dr. William J. Stewart of San Antonio, can create porcelain crowns in a single day with CEREC one-day crowns. Patients love having fewer visits and getting their perfect smile sooner with this breakthrough technology.

Dental crowns have been used successfully in San Antonio cosmetic dentistry for decades.

Many Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne dentists use crowns when performing smile makeovers to cover patient’s discolored or poorly shaped teeth. Strong, natural-looking crowns are also used with dental implants.

If you think a dental crown may be right for you, check with your San Antonio dentist. Or, if you are searching for quality dental care in the San Antonio area, call us here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. We are located in San Antonio and have been serving the greater San Antonio area since 1981. We are currently accepting new patients at our state-of-the art, yet warm and comfortable dental office.

Call us at 210-428-6535 and our patient-centered and detail oriented staff can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, enamel shaping, or any other cosmetic dental, general oral health, or dental financing questions.

Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

On March 27, 2015, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your most revered physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. How do you know if your smile is detracting from your appearance?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

There are many issues that are generally considered to detract from celebrity-caliber smiles. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are generally considered unattractive.

There are a few unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become your trademark. True Blood star Anna Paquin, actor Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces. Perhaps the most famous gap-toothed smile belongs to seventy year-old model Lauren Hutton who has proudly flashed it throughout her fifty-year career. Other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, and Keith Urban weren’t happy with gaps so they transformed their smiles with revolutionary cosmetic dentistry.

If you want an objective aesthetic evaluation of your smile, how can you do this? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principals that are used in smile transformations. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Moreover, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.

When you have a cosmetic dental consultation, you will be able to see how the essential elements work together to create a natural-looking, standout smile. Bottom line? If you want to change your smile, you can! Schedule a consultation today by calling 210-428-6535.

Crooked Teeth And Cavities

On March 20, 2015, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Many dental patients in and around San Antonio hold the belief that orthodontists only change the look of your teeth. Consequently, they think that the only reason to find an orthodontist in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne area is if you are interested in cosmetic dentistry.

The fact is that your ability to clean your teeth is enhanced when your teeth are straight and uncrowded.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes difficult to make important daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, problems with plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease commonly ensue.

If you are curious if your teeth are crowding or if your bite is not aligned, then you need to visit your San Antonio dentist. Your dentist can evaluate whether or not you need to see an orthodontist, and then recommend one near you.

Also, if you feel that the appearance of your teeth is an issue, ask your dentist about a smile makeover. There are numerous state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry procedures carried out daily. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, crowns, and more!

Hello, my name is Dr. William Stewart. My patient-centered and detail oriented local dental practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, is located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. I am passionate about healthy, celebrity-caliber smiles. We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are in or around San Antonio, give us a call at 210-493-3040.

We can answer any questions you have about our top services, which are:

Sedation dentistry
Dental crowns
Root canals
Teeth whitening
Clear braces

We hope to see you soon!

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
210-493-3040

Tooth Brushing Basics For Healthy Smiles In San Antonio

On March 13, 2015, 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.

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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

On March 6, 2015, in General Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for optimal dental health. However, some dental patients in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne area worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it isn’t really a problem. But, if the bleeding and tenderness lasts longer, you really need to return to your San Antonio dentist and discuss the possibility of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Hi, I’m Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio. Avoiding gum disease is just one of the many important goals I have for my San Antonio and Beorne patients. Along with optimum dental health, I also seek to give my patients the beautiful smiles they desire through cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, and teeth whitening.

Our top services here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS include:

Sedation dentistry
Dental crowns
Root canals
Teeth whitening
Clear braces

Feel free to look us up on the web or call 210-493-3040 today.

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
210-493-3040

Let Us Ease Your Dental Anxiety In San Antonio, Texas

On February 27, 2015, in General Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Are you worried about seeing the dentist? Are you tormented about discussing your smile? Settling into the reality of what you are prepared to discuss with your dentist is the first step to relief.

1. Talk To Us:
Whether you need to have a root canal done or clear braces applied, call now to schedule a consultation. If you’re nervous about sedation dentistry or in denial about the need for teeth whitening or dental crowns, the reality is that Dr. William Stewart has been meeting with patients since 1981 in San Antonio, Texas. William J. Stewart Jr. DDS has been here and will continue to be here for you when you’re ready. 210-493-3040

2. Choose a Dentist:

The next step is making a choice. As you sift through the choices and choose the right dentist in San Antonio, Texas keep in mind that William J. Stewart Jr. DDS offers competitive pricing and affordable options. The reality is that we service the Beorne, Shavano Park, Leon Springs areas with pleasure and look forward to treating your dental concerns with accuracy, gentleness, and care.

3. Go Forward with Confidence:
The final step to relief is just smiling. We’d like to take care of dental implants or cosmetic dentistry or porcelain veneers for you. And we are sure you’ll walk out the door smiling.

Improving Patients’ Lives Through Their Smiles -William Stewart

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230
210-493-3040
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/

How Bright Can You Shine, San Antonio?

On February 20, 2015, 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.