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Creating Beautiful Smiles At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On October 21, 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

 

No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

On October 14, 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

 

 

Makeovers For Busy Shavano Park Smiles

On September 23, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Have you been considering sprucing up your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let William J. Stewart Jr. DDS put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio is speedier than you think. Some services such as teeth bleaching can be done in just one visit to our comfortable office.

If you are one of the many San Antonio folks who wants to have their teeth corrected, check out the new orthodontic options including 6-month braces, invisible braces, and adult braces.

A porcelain veneer is a well-liked minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers can repair chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled. (How long ago was that?)

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we create beautiful smiles every day. It’s your turn! Call us today at 210-428-6535!

Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

On September 16, 2016, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Today in the San Antonio dental blog we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is ordinarily caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne dental patients have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are generally just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, your San Antonio area dentist should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, your dentist can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

Hi, my name is Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio. I provide the highest quality preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for my San Antonio area patients. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, dental crowns or  smile makeovers, give us a call at 210-428-6535. Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, bonding, and dental implants.

 

The following online article was used as source material for this blog: “Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed on September 5, 2015

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Fun Floss Facts For San Antonio

On September 2, 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

 

 

Tooth Brushing Basics For Healthy Smiles In San Antonio

On August 26, 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.

 

Your Perfect Smile Is Only A Few Dental Visits Away!

On August 19, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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What does it take to really change the way you look? Hours upon hours at the gym? Expensive trips to the most cutting-edge salon in the San Antonio area? What about a routine trip to your dentist?

You may not love going to the dentist, but you will love the results when they help you find the best way to whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening in San Antonio is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure, but the dramatic results never cease to impress.

Your Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne dentist can work with you to develop a teeth whitening regimen that will be most effective. This may include any of the following three methods:

1. Bleaching done in-office. Sometimes called chairside bleaching, a special light is used while a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. A rubber shield or protective gel is used to keep your tender gums safe from the whitening agent.

2. Bleaching at home. Even though this is done at home, the peroxide-containing whiteners used do have potential side effects, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your dentist. Also, there are many at-home whiteners available in San Antonio, Texas drug stores, and your dentist can direct you to the best ones.

3. Toothpastes with whitening properties. When a toothpaste carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it means that it contains special chemical or polishing agents. These will provide additional stain removal which complements the surface stain removal offered by all toothpastes.

My name is Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as is helping them achieve the smile they want using cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, bonding, and complete smile makeovers.

My practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, is currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 210-428-6535 to make an appointment!

We hope to hear from you soon!

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
210-428-6535
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening, accessed on Sept. 4, 2013

 

“Don’t Take Stress Out On Your Teeth, San Antonio”

On August 12, 2016, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth San Antonio Hello, I’m Dr. William Stewart. At my San Antonio practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. San Antonio men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.

Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

San Antonio people who have difficulty managing stress need to realize that it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7 to 10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend our patients pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic at any Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne drug store.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out San Antonio residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS our patient-centered and detail oriented staff can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to reduce grinding.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.

And San Antonio dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne areas find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today. We treat patients from age 20 to 70 and we offer sedation dentistry, dental crowns, root canals, and teeth whitening. We hope to hear from you soon!

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

 

Dental Crowns At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS In San Antonio

On July 29, 2016, in Dental Crowns, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Dental Crowns at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio Dental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums. (Oral sedation, anyone?)

Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown dentistry advanced significantly.

Today, crowns are strong, comfortable and are made to match your surrounding teeth.

Dental crowns (also called caps) cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

The material used is determined by several factors. If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Dr. William Stewart at 210-428-6535. William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. We have been serving patients in the San Antonio area since 1981. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.

 

Bad Breath Treatment at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On July 22, 2016, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Bad Breath Treatment at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Do you suspect that you have bad breath? I’m William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, a full-service dental office in San Antonio, Texas. I help our dental patients diagnose and overcome this unpleasant and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms. Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath. However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious conditions. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the health issues that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously can harm gums and contribute to gum recession. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we help patients of all ages learn safe and effective brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning methods.

And don’t forget regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienist is trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

To make an appointment for an exam, cleaning or consultation, call 210-428-6535. Your teeth are too important to neglect.