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How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

On September 8, 2017, in Gum Disease, by PM Blogger
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1. Which of the items below are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Overbite
c. Diabetes
d. Heredity

2. Which of the items below are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bad breath
d. Tender gums

3. Which of the things listed below are possible health problems linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

4. What percentage of men and women age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

5. Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Gum grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

Answers
1. All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.
2. All of the above. Note: some patients don’t observe any symptoms.
3. a,b,d.
4. c.
5. a,b,c.

Hi, I’m Dr. Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio. Gum disease usually responds favorably to treatment—especially if caught early. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, or have been noticing troubles with your gums or teeth, I invite you to call 210-428-6535 today to schedule an appointment.

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS: 210-428-6535

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13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
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.

 

What Is Lurking Under Your Gumline?

On December 4, 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
https://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/

The William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

On October 2, 2015, in Gum Disease, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hearing that you have periodontal disease or “gum disease” can be upsetting. Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio, Texas, we are committed to educating and assisting patients in preventing gum disease. If you discover that you already have gum disease, don’t despair. We can help.

Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums
Swollen, tender gums
Receding gums
Bad breath that won’t go away
Loose adult teeth
Sensitive teeth

Whether you are just being diagnosed, working to undo problems of the past, or trying to prevent gum disease for the future, Dr. William Stewart has answers.

Steps for Healing or Preventing Gum Disease

Brush at least two times a day – morning and night
Brush with fluoride toothpaste
Floss at least once a day
Visit dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
Use a fluoride rinse before brushing
Avoid between-meal snacking
Avoid tobacco products

Solutions for Correcting Serious Gum Disease

Scaling
Root planing
Antibiotics
Surgery

Dr. Stewart knows gum disease can sneak up on you. Regular check-ups and consistent, thorough oral hygiene is important for preventing the pain and health issues associated with periodontal disease. Gum disease can be successfully treated, but avoiding it is clearly best.

Dr. Stewart is equipped with the education and experience to care for the full gamut of San Antonio patients’ dental needs including cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.

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

Let Your San Antonio Dentist Treat Your Dental Ailments

We all go to our San Antonio dentist for check-ups and toothaches, but there are other less-obvious issues that your dentist can help you with. Today in the San Antonio Dental Blog, we would like to highlight some of the most common oral conditions that should be discussed with your dentist.

1. Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath is usually caused by bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating tooth decay. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this problem. (All of your Shavano Park friends will thank you.)

2. Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very uncomfortable and can predispose dental patients to a host of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Some San Antonio residents experience it because of certain medications or diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment

3. Jaw Issues. If you have a clicking jaw or jaw discomfort, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Beorne dentist ASAP! These symptoms can be signs of a serious oral issue.

4. Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth (or if your partner tells you that you’re doing it in your sleep!), discuss it with your dentist. A simple mouthguard can protect you, and if you have any damage from grinding such as fractured teeth, ask about restorative dentistry.

Hi. I’m Dr. William Stewart of San Antonio,
and I want my patients to come to me with all of their oral concerns. The patient-centered and detail oriented staff here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about the conditions mentioned above, as well as questions about teeth whitening and Shavano Park dental implants.

 

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry
dental crowns
porcelain veneers

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

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Oral Health For San Antonio Diabetics

On October 25, 2013, in Cosmetic Dentistry, Gum Disease, Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Periodontal Disease For San Antonio Diabetics

Today’s San Antonio dental article is entitled ‘Oral Health For San Antonio Diabetics.’ Many San Antonio people with diabetes have dental problems. However, gum disease, tooth loss, and periodontal disease are not unavoidable.

Blood sugar is the complicating factor. San Antonio diabetics who control their blood sugar have lower rates of dental problems. In fact, many San Antonio dentists have noticed no increased risk of dental disease among diabetics who maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

When blood sugar levels rise, the amount of sugars and starches increase in your mouth. These substances combine with the bacteria naturally present to create enamel-eroding plaque. Untreated plaque creates cavities.

In addition to cavities, San Antonio dental patients with diabetes need to be vigilant about gum health. Because diabetes can make it harder to control the growth of bacteria, the amount of plaque in your mouth can multiply quicker. Plaque not only causes cavities, it inflames and weakens gum tissue and eventually the bone surrounding teeth.

Untreated gum disease progresses to periodontitis, a more severe infection. Because San Antonio diabetics have a lower resistance to infection, it can be difficult to reverse periodontitis in people with diabetes. To make matters even worse, the presence of infection can make it harder to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

Bottom line? 1: Brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque build-up. 2: See your San Antonio dentist for twice-yearly cleanings to remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated under the gumline.

Dr. Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is accepting new patients in the San Antonio, Shavano Park Leon Springs, and Beorne area. We can help diabetic dental patients keep their smile beautiful. If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry because of diabetes related decay or gum disease, we can restore your beautiful smile with the latest tooth restoration options. Ask us about crowns, dental implants, implant anchored dentures, porcelain veneers, inlays/onlays, and same-day restorations.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. Call us at 210-493-3040 to schedule a consultation. Thanks for visiting the William J. Stewart Jr. DDS San Antonio dentistry blog!

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio Texas 78230
210-493-3040
https://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/

Periodontal Disease in Texas

On March 1, 2013, in Gum Disease, Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Gum Disease Treatment Options in San Antonio Periodontal disease in San Antonio is more common than you might think, and can be cured with varying degrees of treatment depending on the severity.

What is periodontal disease? According to this article on Wikipedia, periodontal disease, is ‘the name of a collection of inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth.’

Periodontal disease, more commonly called ‘gum disease’, is an inflammation or infection of the gums. Periodontal disease can be very painful in some extreme conditions, and can limit your ability to eat normally. In some cases, periodontal disease can affect your smile, and can create cosmetic dental concerns.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage. When caught early and treated, periodontal disease can be little more than an inconvenience. However the best policy is to practice good dental hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay.

One of the best ways to avoid periodontal disease is to get a regular dental check up at your local dentist in Shavano Park.

Give us a call at 210-493-3040 to schedule your next dental checkup; we look forward to seeing you.

— Dr. William Stewart