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

On November 18, 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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Developing Good Dental Habits

On February 19, 2016, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Developing Good Dental Habits In Shavano Park

Benjamin Franklin once said:

 

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

This holds true for almost everything in life, including dental care. For parents in the San Antonio area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will benefit their smile throughout their life.

If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But, if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay or the need for cosmetic dentistry in San Antonio.

I’m Dr. William Stewart, a dentist serving the San Antonio area. I know that helping children learn proper oral hygiene is a key indicator of future oral health, and I want to help San Antonio parents teach these habits to their children.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne area, give us a call here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. We are currently accepting new patients, and we would love to help you learn how to teach kids good brushing habits or answer questions you have have about cosmetic dentistry or smile makeovers.

Dental Confidence Or Caution In Texas?

On January 29, 2016, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Whether you are one of the San Antonio folks who goes willingly for your check-up, or are hesitant about getting dental work done, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS has opened its doors to smiling patients since 1981. We give straightforward answers about the cost of dental implants, the price for a crown, and the average cost of veneers for patients throughout Leon Springs, nearby Shavano Park or even Beorne.

The cost of cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to be an unknown. A suitable consultation can bring you up to date about possible procedures and shed light on the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry, our specialty.

210-428-6535

Not only do we offer sedation dentistry, we’ll see patients for root canals because we want to make a difference in the lives of our San Antonio neighbors. We’ll have you open wide for dental crowns because we know we’re superior at what we do for San Antonio smiles.

We’ll get you in a comfortable seat before you enjoy teeth whitening because comfort is the key to happy patients. And of course, we offer clear braces as well. Your enjoyment of any of these is entirely up to us. We make it our business. Interested in an outstanding experience? Dr. William Stewart encourages thrill seekers and cautious patients alike to visit us at our 13220 Huebner Rd office or to look us up on the web: http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/

William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230
210-428-6535
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/

Sealants Prevent Kids’ Cavities

On September 5, 2014, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Sealants Prevent Cavities For San Antonio Kids Your child’s first dental exam at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS should occur when the first teeth are in – usually between six months and one year of age. During your child’s first check up at our San Antonio office, we will tell you about sealants, a clear layer of plastic applied to the grooved surfaces of the teeth.

Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the crevasses where food particles can get caught. They are especially effective in the back teeth, where most cavities are found.

Getting your child’s sealants applied takes only one short visit at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. The teeth are cleaned and dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to the teeth and hardened: the process is quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.

Sealants are covered by most Texas dental insurance plans. For San Antonio parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective, considering the cavities and future visits they can help you avoid. Some Texas dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure. William J. Stewart Jr. DDS recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.

If properly cared for, sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages.

Diligent oral hygiene and refraining from biting into hard objects will help the sealants last longer. William Stewart will check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if necessary.

Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly dental visits at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS are essential for pediatric dental health. For more information about sealants, or with any questions about our comprehensive offering of general and cosmetic dental services, contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today.


William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
Serving San Antonio since 1981
818-781-3411
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/

Excellence In Family Dentistry

On August 29, 2014, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Excellence In Family Dentistry At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

Welcome to the William J. Stewart Jr. DDS family dentistry blog. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio, we are proud of our legacy of dental excellence. If you are interviewing family dentists in San Antonio,  Shavano Park, or Beorne, we invite you to visit us at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS.

Our dental service menu includes general, cosmetic, and orthodontic services for every member of the family.

We create a pleasant dental experience for our youngest patients at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. We want to make sure they look forward to visits and never develop dental anxiety.

If you have toddlers and young children, we can guide you in pediatric oral care, sealants, and fluoride treatments.

If you have older children and teens, in addition to general dentistry, we provide orthodontic services, custom sports mouth guards, and wisdom teeth removal.

Hundreds of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS patients  have dramatically improved their smile with the marvels of cosmetic dentistry.

Smile makeover techniques and materials are better than ever, and some procedures can be completed in just one visit!

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we treat you like family. To schedule an exam and cleaning, call us at 210-493-3040.

3 Dental Dangers For San Antonio Toddlers

On March 27, 2014, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hello new San Antonio parents. We know that keeping babies and toddlers safe and healthy requires constant effort. You snap them snuggly in their car seats, baby-proof your medicine cabinet and guard the stairway with a gate. You take them to your San Antonio pediatrician for immunizations, check-ups and an occasional prescription for antibiotics.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS wants to remind you about another important component of child wellness: oral health. Sadly, we see too many cases of completely preventable child tooth decay.

Don’t put babies to bed with a bottle
Don’t allow children to drink juice continually during the day
Prevent frequent snacking on sugary foods

Oral health is intrinsically connected to overall physical health and normal development. If your oral hygiene is not up to par, now is the time to shape up and help your young child develop excellent oral health habits that will serve them well throughout their life.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS recommends beginning twice-yearly dental visits around age one or when the first tooth erupts. Our friendly staff helps young patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their exams. Dr. William Stewart can advise you on thumb sucking, dental sealants, normal child tooth development, braces, athletic tooth protection or any other family dental issue.

In addition to family dentistry, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS offers the full spectrum of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments such as:

 

sedation dentistry
dental crowns
root canals
teeth whitening
clear braces

If your toddler has not yet visited the dentist, schedule an appointment ASAP by calling us at 210-493-3040.