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Thomas Scott Barton, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Thomas Scott Barton is a Dentist practicing in San Antonio Texas. Dr. Barton specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Barton is also experienced in comprehensive orthodontics and dental implants.
30 years Experience
Thomas Scott Barton, DDS
  • San Antonio, tx
  • UTHSCSA
  • Accepting new patients

Are there any natural remedies for dry mouth?

There are many medications that can cause dry mouth as well as a variety of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Biotene is an over the counter mouthwash and toothpaste that READ MORE
There are many medications that can cause dry mouth as well as a variety of radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Biotene is an over the counter mouthwash and toothpaste that can combat dry mouth symptoms. I would also recommend seeing your dentist regularly and getting a prescription fluoride toothpaste or gel to aid in combatting cavities that can readily occur with dry mouth.

Can a tooth abscess be seen on an X-ray?

Tooth abscesses can be detected on xrays. They can have associated symptoms or not sometimes. They can have oral manifestations such as draining pus or swelling in the mouth READ MORE
Tooth abscesses can be detected on xrays. They can have associated symptoms or not sometimes. They can have oral manifestations such as draining pus or swelling in the mouth or jaw. Antibiotics is usually the first course of treatment followed by appropriate treatment of the tooth or cause. On a 9 year old there would likely be obvious decay on a tooth also seen on an x-ray. Other possible causes could involve some primary or baby teeth. Your dentist should be able to determine whether there is an infection or not and advise necessary treatment.

I had some bleeding in my gums while brushing. Could it be serious?

I tell all of my patients "healthy gums don't bleed". If you have bleeding in spots, it is likely localized gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Typically caused by plaque accumulations READ MORE
I tell all of my patients "healthy gums don't bleed". If you have bleeding in spots, it is likely localized gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Typically caused by plaque accumulations which contain bacteria or sometimes a foreign body or food caught between the teeth or under the gums. If it continues untreated for a long period of time can lead to a more severe periodontitis, which causes bone loss around the teeth and can lead to eventual tooth loss. In early stages can be completely treated and reversed. Time for a check up with your dentist and hygienist, (which is recommended every six months)

Are electric toothbrushes any better for the teeth?

What is important is good and effective plaque removal and gum stimulation. This can typically be done with regular tooth brushing. With that said, in my opinion, the best mechanical READ MORE
What is important is good and effective plaque removal and gum stimulation. This can typically be done with regular tooth brushing. With that said, in my opinion, the best mechanical tooth brushes out there are the Crest Oral B and the Sonicare. The Oral B is a good overall and if you want to get real "nerdy" has a phone app that connects to the brush. I recommend the sonicare for my patients who tend to build up more tartar/calculus between dental visits. These products can typically be purchased online or through your dentist.

Is oil pulling ever recommended by dentists?

This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine [a traditional Indian system] that dates back more 3,000 years, It typically involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil READ MORE
This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine [a traditional Indian system] that dates back more 3,000 years, It typically involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil -- typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil -- in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out. Thereby "pulling" the oil between your teeth and gums. It is mainly suited to reduce the bacteria in the mouth most commonly causing gingivitis. While 20 minutes is a long time you may begin with just 5 minutes a day. Don't eliminate brushing and flossing. Oil pulling should never replace routine dental visits and regular home oral care. It doesn't reverse the effects of tooth decay, but it's a good homeopathic supplemental therapy.

How should I select my toothpaste?

I agree there are a lot of products out there to choose from. If you have seen your dentist for regular check ups and have no issues, then select whatever brand, flavor, price READ MORE
I agree there are a lot of products out there to choose from. If you have seen your dentist for regular check ups and have no issues, then select whatever brand, flavor, price you like. If you are more prone to sensitivity like cold, then a toothpaste geared toward reducing sensitivity is better. One such product is Sensodyne. If one is more prone to decay, dry mouth, been treated for cancer with chemo or radiation, then a prescription strength fluoridated toothpaste may be in order. Ask your treating dentist which would be right for you.

What is the right age to get braces for my child?

I tell my patients that there is not a typical "age" for orthodontic treatment but a need. This can start as early as six or seven or it may be appropriate to wait until all adult READ MORE
I tell my patients that there is not a typical "age" for orthodontic treatment but a need. This can start as early as six or seven or it may be appropriate to wait until all adult teeth have erupted around twelve or thirteen. Early treatment is usually reserved to treat or intercept certain conditions, like preservation of space due to a premature baby tooth loss, cross bite, arch development (widening of the palate) , or many other conditions. Check with your dentist and always ask questions and sometimes in early cases it is good to also get a second opinion.

For small kids how frequent should dentist visits be?

It is recommended that you get twice yearly check ups. Most dental diseases (cavities) can be prevented and if detected early, most of the time be treated without anesthesia. READ MORE
It is recommended that you get twice yearly check ups. Most dental diseases (cavities) can be prevented and if detected early, most of the time be treated without anesthesia.

Will frequent teeth cleanings remove spots from my teeth?

Depends on what the "spots" are caused by. They can be calcifications, decalcification, stains etc...These can be very superficial that can be polished away or deeper into the READ MORE
Depends on what the "spots" are caused by. They can be calcifications, decalcification, stains etc...These can be very superficial that can be polished away or deeper into the enamel which could possibly be bleached or removed and filled. At your next check up let your dentist know your concerns and have them evaluate appropriate measures to remedy.

Why am I so exhausted after removal of infected root canal molar?

Hard to say that two weeks after an extraction is related with your current fatigue. I would contact the dentist that removed your tooth and have the extraction site inspected. READ MORE
Hard to say that two weeks after an extraction is related with your current fatigue. I would contact the dentist that removed your tooth and have the extraction site inspected. If everything appears normal then there could be some other underlying health concerns that a physician and some routine blood-work could detect.

Very swollen and red gums after routine dental cleaning

Soreness two days after a routine cleaning is unusual, unless it was a periodontal procedure or "deep cleaning". 400 to 800mg of Ibuprofen is good if you're able to take that along READ MORE
Soreness two days after a routine cleaning is unusual, unless it was a periodontal procedure or "deep cleaning". 400 to 800mg of Ibuprofen is good if you're able to take that along with warm salt water rinses. You can also apply to the areas Anbesol or OraJel with a cotton swab. I would also recommend checking in with the office about your circumstances.