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5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

On November 17, 2017, in Oral Health, by PM Blogger
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Dental Checkups Are Not Just About Cavities

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we urge people to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning. If you avoid semiannual dental checkups because you don’t believe you have any dental caries, perhaps getting an oral cancer screening is a more convincing reason to see your dentist regularly. (While your dentist is checking for oral cancer, we urge you to have a thorough dental examination as well!)

In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have attracted a lot of public attention. Overall, we’re less aware of oral cancer even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States. If you smoke or have acquired HPV, you have an increased risk for developing oral cancer. 

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we work to raise awareness of oral cancer and the significance of early diagnosis. Courtesy of the CDC, Oral Cancer Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, here are 5 essential things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

1. About 80% of men and women with oral cancer use some kind of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).

2. 40% of men and women who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

3. In many cases, it is extremely challenging for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce unobtrusive symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be evaluated by a dentist or doctor.

4. HPV (the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the copious strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most repeatedly linked to oropharyngeal cancer.

5. Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

Sources:
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/oral_health/oral_cancer_and_tobacco_85,P00900/
http://oralcancerfoundation.org/understanding/hpv/hpv-oral-cancer-facts/
https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/conditions/index.html

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

When It’s Better Not To Brush

On November 10, 2017, in Oral Health, by PM Blogger
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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the vital job of preserving teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

The team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS encourages our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is helpful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva protects your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left vulnerable. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the answer for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water periodically can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

Moreover, grinding your teeth wears away the enamel. If you are someone who grinds their teeth at night, it’s essential to get a mouthguard promptly. Athletes should also safeguard their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard. For more information, talk to us about custom mouthguards.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already developed. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can damage enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also damage enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can result in cavities which erode enamel just as efficiently as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental issues, we can help you protect what is left. To schedule a comprehensive examination, contact us at 210-428-6535!

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

On October 20, 2017, in Oral Health, by PM Blogger
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1. Protect Your Gums

It’s not only extreme tooth decay that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as detrimental. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning cleans away the plaque before it can cause the gums to recede.

2. Prevent Cavities

Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can accumulate. We have many patients who are observant brushers but are surprised when our hygienist uncovers plaque on their teeth.

3. Check for Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this unfortunate news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour – that’s 48,250 deaths a year.1

4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many people treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but forget their teeth. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we’ve often wondered about this frequent disconnect. Did you know that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes appear to increase with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is dramatically impacted when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.

5. It May Be Free

Many Texas dental insurance plans cover twice-yearly dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most competitively priced ways to preserve ideal oral health.

Call 210-428-6535 today to schedule a professional dental cleaning at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

On September 15, 2017, in Oral Health, by PM Blogger
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Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio, we’re committed to helping patients throughout the Beorne, Shavano Park, and Leon Springs neighborhoods to maintain balanced hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.

On our blog today we are offering two fabulously wise ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that manageable.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and straightforward approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.

We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will cut down buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

Some smile problems can be prevented and some just can’t. We are happy to help with root canals, clear braces, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, or dental crowns. Come see our comfortable office at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio, Texas 78230 and we’ll help with any dental issues we can.

Cosmetic dentistry enhances a smile in several ways – straightness, coloration, conformity, and natural feel. Cosmetic dentistry helps our valued patients talk clearly, smile freely, and eat comfortably. A consultation with Dr. Stewart can open your eyes to the unique possibilities for your dazzling smile. Contact us at 210-428-6535 for an appointment or visit our website https://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/.

If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

 

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.

Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles -Dr. Stewart

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 https://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
https://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
https://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 https://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