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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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

 

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, our mission is making the smiles of all Texas dental patients white and bright.  Today, we are going to talk about ways to enhance your beautiful smile.

Maybe as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal Texas water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many adults, you have sipped thousands of dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine over the years – and your teeth are showing the effects. Call me today at 210-428-6535 to talk about our extensive treatment plans.

One of the options we recommend at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS for treating discolored teeth are beautiful dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates). The reason I recommend veneers is that veneers not only restore discolored teeth, but they can cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth.

This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving a gorgeous, white, flawless smile. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we feel that porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of our happy San Antonio veneer patients are dazzling.

My staff and I at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS also offer teeth whitening in San Antonio, dental restorations and Shavano Park invisible braces. Come see why the patients of San Antonio have been improving their smiles at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS since 1981.

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

 

Get Those Teeth In Shape!

On July 21, 2017, in General Dentistry, by DentalCMO
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Dental bonding is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures used in the San Antonio area, and it’s not difficult to see why. There are many common dental problems that dentists in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and San Antonio areas can treat with bonding.

Bonding uses a very sturdy resin material that is tooth-colored. The material is applied to the teeth while it is soft, much like putty, and then it is set with a special light. This hardens the material which then bonds with the tooth and can be shaped and polished as necessary.

Dentists will commonly consider dental bonding in the following cases:

1. Repairing decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth

2. Filling in spaces between teeth

3. Protecting teeth after gums recede

4. Changing the general shape of teeth

5. Repairing discoloration as part of a complete cosmetic dental smile makeover.

Hello, my name is Dr. William Stewart and I am a dentist located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. My practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, offers the following services:

sedation dentistry
dental crowns
root canals
teeth whitening

And more! So, if you are in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne area and are in need of dental care or would like more information about cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 210-428-6535.

We invite you to schedule an appointment today.

The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding, accessed on October 9, 2014

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

 

3 Cavity Fighters For San Antonio Kids

On July 14, 2017, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Most Beorne parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. William J. Stewart Jr. DDS recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

 

Sealants
Fluoride supplements
Oral rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your San Antonio dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some Texas dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your Beorne pediatrician or talk to us at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

I recommend Beorne children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, San Antonio area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life
.

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

 

Want A Reason To Smile All The Time?

On July 7, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by DentalCMO
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If you are not happy with your smile, we invite you to examine a complete smile transformation.

1. Look and feel younger.
2. Improve your oral health.
3. Increase your confidence.
4. Smile all the time!

Hello, I am Dr. Stewart. Welcome to my dental blog. I serve my patients at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS which is located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio, Texas. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 1981.

There has never been a better time to practice dentistry because dental procedures unavailable just a few years ago are now commonplace. During my career, I have become proficient in a wide variety of advanced dental treatments aided by breakthroughs in techniques and tooth restoration materials. My passion is providing the highest standard of dental care for my San Antonio area patients and creating the healthiest and most beautiful smiles possible.

If you are not familiar with the latest state-of-the art dental procedures, you might not realize what cosmetic and restorative dentistry can achieve. A total smile makeover involves a combination of cosmetic dental procedures which may include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, tooth implants, inlays and onlays, gum contouring, teeth whitening and, in some cases, orthodontia.

If you have dental anxiety, we can help. Sleep dentistry, sometimes called conscious sedation, will calm your nerves and help you relax while you undergo your smile redesign.

If you are in the San Antonio Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne area and have cosmetic dentistry questions, schedule a consultation by calling 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

 

 

What Is Crown Lengthening?

On June 23, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by DentalCMO
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gummy smile surgery Perfect smiles created at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS often require crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening surgery is a safe and effective procedure that exposes more of the visible part of the tooth. Some patients undergo crown lengthening surgery at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS to alter their gummy smile.

A gummy smile refers to upper teeth that appear too short because excess bone and soft tissue covers part of the teeth. When a gummy smile is eliminated, our San Antonio patients can’t believe how it changes their whole face. They love their new smile which reveals pleasing, symmetrical portions of their upper teeth.

Sometimes, a patient needs crown lengthening because of tooth fracture. When a tooth breaks at the gumline or a crown is fractured, crown lengthening makes tooth structure accessible for the necessary restoration.

Digital imaging is one of the technological tools that helps San Antonio dental professionals perform crown lengthening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. When a Shavano Park cosmetic dentist has a highly-detailed, 3-D image of tooth and bone structure, he/she is able to achieve the precision necessary to design smiles to the patient’s exact specifications.

If you are seeking a dental smile makeover and live in the San Antonio area, schedule a smile consultation by calling 210-428-6535. We are conveniently located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. When you come in, we can show you photos of Texas cosmetic dentistry patients who are enjoying their dazzling smiles that were created with the help of the skilled smile artists at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS.

 

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

 

Dead Or Just Sick?

On June 9, 2017, in General Dentistry, Uncategorized, by DentalCMO
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Since our teeth don’t ‘grow’ and the enamel is not comprised of living cells, sometimes we forget that teeth are alive. We are reminded that they have active nerves when we have a toothache or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food. Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy.

Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. What can cause blood flow troubles? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

Your dentist can perform root canal therapy to save a dead tooth if necessary. During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. The final steps are the core build up and beautiful and functional crown.

Root canals typically last many years, but not always. Inadequate oral hygiene, decay, periodontal disease, an undetected crack, abscess, or degradation of root canal sealing materials can all cause a root canal to fail.

How do you know if you have a dead or dying tooth? It is critical to communicate with Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is essential to visit your dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

In addition to endodontic therapy, at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we are committed to patient-centered and detail oriented general and cosmetic dentistry. You can count on William J. Stewart Jr. DDS for: root canals, clear braces, sedation dentistry, and teeth whitening.

Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

What To Expect At Your Next Dental Checkup

On May 26, 2017, in Family Dentistry, by William Stewart
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VISITING YOUR DENTIST every six months is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Not only does it keep your smile clean, but it can help you keep an eye on your overall health too!

For some, it may have been a while since your last visit or you or a loved one may be apprehensive about visiting the dentist. Knowing what to expect can help relieve much of this anxiety, so today we want to explain the basics of what happens during your bi-annual cleaning and how you can prepare for your next appointment!

Gather Necessary Information Beforehand

Discussing your family history may not be the first thing you think of when scheduling your dental appointment, but being familiar with your family’s medical history allows us to better care for your oral and overall health.

Like many other conditions such as heart disease and certain forms of cancer, periodontal disease has strong genetic ties that can run in your family. Knowing your family’s medical history can help your dentist keep an eye out for oral health issues such as gum disease or other conditions which present symptoms in the mouth, such as diabetes.

Aside from gathering any relevant personal or family medical information, be sure to to review your dental insurance benefits as you prepare for your appointment. Knowing your level of coverage will help you understand what costs will be associated with your care. If you have any questions about using your dental insurance in our practice or if you would like information about paying for care without insurance, give us a call!

What Happens During Your Appointment?

Although this varies from patient to patient based on their individual needs, a dental check-up generally consists of a professional cleaning, a comprehensive dental examination, and potentially X-rays.

Dental X-Rays

How frequently you need dental X-rays relies largely on your medical and dental history, your age, and your current oral health. New-patient examinations often include X-rays as well.

If required, dental X-rays are generally taken at the beginning of your dental appointment. Dental X-rays allow us to detect and diagnose tooth decay between teeth, on hard-to-reach surfaces, and under existing dental work. X-rays can even be helpful in identifying dental and orthodontic issues that exist beneath the gum line.

Dental Cleaning

Once it’s time for your cleaning, your dentist or hygienist uses a small metal instrument known as a scaler to scrape off tartar above and below the gum line and in between teeth. Next, they polish your teeth using a polishing tool and a lightly abrasive paste to deep clean your pearly whites and remove any tartar left behind after the previous step. Last but not least, they’ll finish your cleaning with a thorough flossing.

Comprehensive Exam

After your teeth are clean, your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination to ensure your oral health is in tip-top shape. They will:

  • examine your teeth for signs of decay
  • check for gum swelling and redness, and measure the depth of your gingival pockets to check for signs of periodontal disease
  • test how your top and bottom teeth come together and check for signs of teeth grinding or other potential orthodontic issues
  • examine your neck, lymph glands, and oral cavity for signs of oral cancer

Based on your exam, we’ll discuss any necessary treatment recommendations and offer helpful tips on how to improve your oral hygiene before your next appointment.

Check out the video below for more information on the importance of regular dental exams!

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What Should You Do After Your Appointment?

Whether your next appointment is in 6 months or even sooner, we’re looking forward to seeing your smile! Be sure to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow any additional instructions provided by your dentist before your next visit. If you have any questions about what to expect from a visit in our office, let us know!

We love our patients!

 

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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