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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.

 

Peace Of Mind At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On July 8, 2016, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are committed to your peace of mind at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio:

1. We don’t judge you. Dr. William Stewart has devoted a professional career to promoting oral health and creating beautiful smiles.

The appreciative dental team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental issue. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to oral conscious sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. Dr. Stewart is a pro at administering barely noticeable injections.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more common than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some patients get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

Sleep dentistry (oral conscious sedation) not only aids in pain management, it allows you to sleep through your appointment. There are different levels of sedation, so you don’t have to be completely unconscious unless you want to be. If you would like more information about sedation, call 210-428-6535 to schedule a consultation. We can discuss the different levels of oral conscious sedation so you can pick the one that is best for you.

4. We communicate with you.
Dr. Stewart has established a reputation as an effective and experienced communicator. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your vital questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you examine it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give Dr. Stewart and the team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS a try. Neglecting your oral health has serious consequences. Call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230

 

 

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