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Is Mouthwash A Must?

On June 16, 2017, in Oral Health, by DentalCMO
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If you’ve ever walked the aisles of any San Antonio, Texas drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they make or break your dental health?

Many folks in the San Antonio area wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two essential habits that have the greatest affect on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash needed?

I’m Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as advertised. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same benefit.

People who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the trouble. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the issue because they can cause dry mouth – a condition that can contribute to bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are generally more effective for freshening breath. These products are usually called flouride rinses.

If you have chronic bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to confirm the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, pick a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

Thank you for visiting the San Antonio dental blog. We like to tackle important issues such as dental products, cosmetic dentistry procedures, over-the-counter teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, invisible braces, pediatric dentistry, oral care habits, and more!

My practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, provides premium dental care to our valued patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 210-428-6535. A member of my patient-centered and detail oriented staff can answer any questions you have about our services.

Call today!

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

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Many people mistakenly believe that all bad breath is linked to insufficient brushing. The truth is that there are myriad causes of halitosis. Your San Antonio dentist can help you identify the cause of your issue and discuss how to cure bad breath.

Your diet greatly influences your breath. Because foods begin to be digested the second they enter your mouth, and because they are absorbed and distributed throughout the body, you probably will be able to smell strong foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them.

Therefore, using a mouthwash will only mask the smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not a good idea. This may bring additional oral problems – especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid the strong foods altogether.

Furthermore, many dieters in and around San Antonio find that their diet regimen is making it harder to keep their mouth fresh and clean. Low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the side effect of bad breath can be caused by the chemicals released during this process. Increasing water intake can help alleviate this.

Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. Many folks don’t realize how much food can be stuck between their teeth, and this food can cause halitosis if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles turn into plaque which can cause dental caries and gum disease.

I’m Dr. William Stewart of 
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio. My practice provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to residents in the San Antonio area. I am passionate about prime oral health for all of my patients, and that includes fresh breath. I also want them to love their smile, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dental smile makeovers or other cosmetic dental services, give us a call at 210-428-6535.

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The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/low-carb-diets-can-cause-bad-breath, accessed on August 12, 2013

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

On April 28, 2017, in Oral Health, by DentalCMO
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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli? The sound of your feet rhythmically hitting the ground on your favorite jogging path? A cholesterol test indicating that your arteries are in great shape? If you pictured a white, healthy smile or a dental x-ray showing no dental caries, we salute you.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we urge everyone with a smile (that includes you!) to include oral health in your definition of “healthy living.”

When done thoroughly and consistently, brushing and flossing are a vital component of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. We recommend a soft bristled toothbrush to guard your gums. Brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes and be sure you reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is necessary for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at San Antonio stores, so experiment until find one you like.

I’m Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. As a healthcare provider, I am passionate about helping each of my patients reap the benefits of oral health and avoid tooth and gum problems that can compromise their all-around health.

And just as some healthcare providers furnish cosmetic procedures, I also offer services that improve the esthetics of your smile. Ask us about porcelain veneers, dental implants, invisible braces, white fillings, inlays/onlays and same-day teeth whitening. For more information, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today at 210-428-6535 or visit http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Floss Pick Facts For San Antonio

On March 31, 2017, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Dental patients who live in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne area want to keep their mouths as healthy and clean as possible. However, they are also looking for convenience, and that’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of old-fashioned dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are inexpensive and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss in effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to meet with your San Antonio, Texas dentist and see what their opinion is. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient, but still try to use regular dental floss daily.

If you are in the process of looking for a new dentist, we hope that you consider William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. We have been serving the San Antonio area since 1981 from our San Antonio practice.

Our patient-centered and detail oriented staff would love to answer any questions you have regarding flossing and other dental health concerns, as well as questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

Call 210-493-3040 today to schedule an exam or consultation.

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


The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/product-category-information/floss-and-other-interdental-cleaners, accessed on August 1, 2014

 

3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy, Shavano Park!

On March 10, 2017, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hi. I’m Dr. William Stewart, an experienced dentist here in San Antonio. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Thank you so much for visiting the San Antonio dentist blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, I want my patients to have the beautiful smiles they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 13220 Huebner Rd and you can reach us for an appointment at 210-493-3040.

Call a member of our patient-centered and detail oriented staff today!

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

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6 Things You Should Know Before Having Oral Surgery

On February 3, 2017, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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When it comes to preparing for oral surgery,  the admired patients of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS are given 6 important instructions to get them through from start to finish.

First, Choose Wisely
Understanding the pros and cons of a procedure helps you attain the prime outcome. This important knowledge about your dental experience opens up a conversation with our staff. Which leads us to the next instruction:

Second, Question Up Front
Before calling 210-428-6535 to schedule an appointment for a desired procedure, please schedule a consultation to answer these 4 important questions:
-What are the alternatives to having it done?
-Why is this the best option?
-How many visits should I expect?
-What kind of complications or risks are there?
(After you’ve asked your questions, we’ll ask ours.)

Third, Update Records
This is not just for billing purposes. The conscientious staff here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS want to prepare for any emergency. Making sure your personal contact information is up-to-date helps us convey critical specifics to you post-procedure.

Fourth, Be Honest
While Dr. William Stewart has a gentle, caring touch, we find that slight pinches and cramping and other pain can arise while you are in our chair. When the doctor asks if you are comfortable, please, please be honest. We understand it is difficult to communicate clearly when your mouth is inundated with tools. Experience has helped us to read your cues. Let us make you as comfortable as possible.

Fifth, Rest and Recover
After any extensive procedure, it is critical to allow a period of rest for your mouth. This rest period may vary depending on how the procedure goes. This instruction will be given to you along with any other required recovery instructions. Follow these as issued.

Finally, Sixth, Accept our Thanks
We appreciate your business and we appreciate the way the San Antonio communities have spread the word that William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is San Antonio’s best kept dental secret located right here at 13220 Huebner Rd San Antonio, Texas or on the web at http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/. We are so grateful for the trust you’ve placed in our hands. Thank you.

We would love to have you invite your friends to enjoy the same excellent service and care we’ve given you whether they need root canals, clear braces, sedation dentistry teeth whitening, dental crowns, or details on how to improve general oral hygiene. We are here to serve.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Soda Spells Double Trouble For Leon Springs

On November 25, 2016, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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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/

 

“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/

 

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.

 

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