October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Dental Hygiene Month

October is here and fall has officially begun, bringing with it Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time to raise awareness for both and help to prevent problems by monitoring your health and being mindful of your lifestyle choices. Whether you are fighting cancer or dental problems,... Read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to the bone from the missing... Read more »

Enamel-Friendly Foods for Your Teeth

When it comes to protecting your teeth, your first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities is tooth enamel, as it is the outermost covering that protects the more vulnerable dentin and tooth pulp below. Your enamel comes equipped for the job as the hardest substance in your body. However, because it doesn’t have... Read more »

How Routine Dental Checkups Help Your Smile in the Long Run

When you come in for dental exams and we have cleaned your teeth and gum line and removed any hardened plaque, our dentist can look at them for any signs of trouble, such as cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, and evaluate your risk rate of certain diseases which might also take into account... Read more »

What to Do About Dental Emergencies

No matter how well we take care of our teeth and no matter how diligent we are with scheduling and keeping regular dental appointments, accidents may happen. Dr. Thomas R. Watkins and our team understand how important it is to know what to do in those kinds of situations, so we have put together this… Read more »

What to Expect During Your Routine Dental Appointment

The time has come for your routine dental appointment. These appointments should be scheduled at least every six months. This allows Dr. Thomas R. Watkins and our team to help you maintain and improve your dental health. Depending on your needs, we may recommend additional cleaning and exam appointments. Professional Dental Cleaning Our hygienist will… Read more »

Professional Teeth Whitening Options

Are your teeth yellowed or stained? Are you embarrassed to show your teeth when you smile? We encourage you to look into teeth whitening. Am I a candidate for teeth whitening? In a general sense, those with all permanent teeth and good dental health are candidates for teeth whitening procedures. Teeth whitening works especially well… Read more »

Bad Breath: Common Causes

Bad breath, which is medically known as halitosis, can be very embarrassing and can even lower self-esteem. You may try to cover bad breath with mints, gum or mouthwash, but these are only temporary solutions. You can deal with the cause of the problem with the help of Dr. Watkins. Tobacco Products A lingering odor… Read more »

Have a Damaged Tooth? A Dental Crown May Be Just What You Need!

A dental crown is a restoration that will cover the entire visible portion of a tooth when it is cemented in place. A dental crown may be recommended to cover a tooth that is damaged. The crown can strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance. Why Are Dental Crowns Used? Drs. Watkins and Gradke may… Read more »

What You Should Know About Dental Implants

For a patient who has lost one or more teeth, our dentists may recommend dental implants in San Antonio, Texas. A dental implant is made up of a dental implant post, which is made out of titanium; a dental restoration, like a dental crown; and an abutment, which connects the two. Many advantages come with… Read more »