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10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Dentist Was Doing at Your Checkup

Approximately every six months you should visit Southwest Family Dentistry for your regular dental check-up. While these check-ups may seem simple, Dr. Batlle and his team are doing a number of things that you may or may not realize. All these things being done during your dental check up are what makes these semi-annual check […]

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Stages of root canal

What is a Root Canal?

Two words are capable of striking fear in any dental patient—root canal.  The anticipated pain of the procedure and being misinformed about the subject is often the source of dread for many patients.  However, excruciatingly painful dental procedures are now a thing of the past. With numerous advancements made in the dental industry and anesthetics […]

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What You Don’t Know About Dental Insurance

Dental insurance can be tricky. There are many things about dental insurance that individuals may not know and this can cause major confusion and financial struggle. Understanding how dental insurance operates is essential in deciding whether or not acquiring dental insurance is the right decision for you. Listed below are some common things that you […]

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Dental Financing Options

It is no secret that dental work can be costly. Depending on the type of procedure you may desire, these costs can range from just over affordable to quite expensive. Sometimes you may be able to put treatment on hold in order to save the desired amount of money. Most times, however, you will need […]

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3 Quick Tips to Improve Your Dental Routine

When it comes to dental health, most of us know that we are supposed to brush our teeth, floss, and visit Southwest Family Dentistry. Although this is common knowledge, many of us still could do more to improve our daily dental routine. Improving your daily dental routine is important because just changing a few small […]

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The cost of not replacing a missing tooth

Many people living in the United States (and the world at large) live with one or more missing teeth and do not seem to care. One of the reasons this is so is because their other teeth are fully functioning and apparently do the work they need. People living with one or more missing teeth assume they are safe. Contrary to such belief, living with your teeth missing may be more harmful than you think.

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Why You Should See Your Dentist Twice a Year

Good oral health starts with a good oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and getting to your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Since you go to your general practitioner for visits once a year, you’re probably wondering why you need to go to the dentist twice a […]

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10 Tips for Better Oral Health

Taking care of your teeth is a lot more than just brushing, flossing, and visiting our office for regular cleanings. In fact there are many tips we share with our patients that they’ve never heard of. These dental hygiene tips make your life easier and help you to enjoy good oral health, as well as […]

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When Not Replacing Your Missing Teeth Can Cause Problems

We understand, going to the dentist is not your favorite thing. There’s a general fear and anxiety of sitting in that chair and waiting for someone to critique you on a habit you should be good at as an adult. Worse is when you know you have a tooth that needs to have something done […]

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Why you should see your dentist twice a year

There’s more to oral health than a consistent oral hygiene regimen. While brushing your teeth and flossing regularly are a central part of being certain that your smile will always shine brightly, seeing your dentist regularly is vital to catching problems before they arise. Gum disease and cavities can be sneaky and insidious, and there […]

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10 Oral Hygiene Tips

Brush Regularly It might seem obvious, but regularly brushing with a fluoride toothpaste is one of the best things you can do for your mouth. Brushing removes the film that develops over your teeth from plaque and bacteria. It also reduces bad breath and helps to prevent decay. When you brush it’s important that you […]

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Oral Sedation for a Truly Relaxing Dental Visit

Dental anxiety is an uncontrollable feeling that manifests in some of our patients. They come to us and discuss the dental treatments they need, yet are unable to overcome dental anxiety well enough to undergo treatment. At Southwest Family Dentistry, we have the perfect solution for those of you who feel nervous or anxious about […]

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Root Canal Therapy is Good for You

Whenever we recommend root canal therapy, we sometimes find that there are patients who are hesitant to agree to this treatment and would rather opt for tooth extraction. We always tell these patients that root canal therapy is actually a better option than extracting a tooth. A root canal removes the infected pulp of a […]

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Flash that Gorgeous Smile with Teeth Whitening

Yellowish, stained, and discolored teeth can happen over time, most especially if you smoke cigarettes, drink coffee or tea every day, and eat stain-causing foods. It is hard to avoid tooth discoloration because there are many factors to consider: aging, genetics, oral health, and certain habits. However, a white, bright smile is still possible. All […]

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A Permanent, Lasting Solution with Dental Implants

Smiling with missing teeth is not only unattractive, but it is also unhealthy for you. Missing teeth create a space that when left unfilled for long, will pose several dental problems. You are at greater risk for gum disease due to lost teeth, as well as structural and cosmetic flaws like tooth misalignment. These dental […]

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Two Rules for Choosing the Right Toothpaste

Picking toothpaste should not be a difficult task. However, a lot of our patients come to us, overwhelmed by the number of options in the toothpaste aisle. We don’t blame you if this seemingly simple job turns into a headache. In fact, we’ve dedicated this entire blog post to helping you find the right toothpaste […]

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I’m Pregnant: Should I Undergo a Dental X-ray?

For years, undergoing a dental X-ray while pregnant was considered dangerous for an unborn baby. This resulted in large numbers of pregnant women with untreated gum infection and various oral diseases. Even today, the majority of pregnant women will refuse to take any X-rays until after the pregnancy. We wanted to take the time to […]

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Your Friendly Childrens Dentistry Reminders

You are your child’s best teacher. Children regard their parents as their role models in life. A little girl trying on her mom’s shoes is a perfect example of how kids imitate the actions of their parents. So, it goes without saying that parents and guardians are the best people to teach a child about […]

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4 Ways to Look and Smile Young

The desire to look young and beautiful is an inherent human trait. Most of us want to look our best in every situation. As smiles are the windows to great job and social opportunities, it is important to project your best looking self all the time. Dr. John Batlle, cosmetic dentist in Lake City, FL, […]

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What Does Conscious Sedation Feel Like?

It is normal to feel apprehensive about oral conscious sedation especially if you don’t know anything about it. People hate being out of control, most especially in matters of oral and physical care. Dr. John Batlle, who provides this service in Lake City, FL, talks about oral conscious sedation and answers one of the most […]

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What to Expect after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

As being the last set of teeth to grow, the wisdom teeth have a greater tendency of being misaligned. If they grow horizontally or angled away from the adjacent tooth, they can pose problems to your other teeth, jawbone and even your nerves. A wisdom tooth that grows partially hidden from view, typically enclosed within […]

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Emergency Dentistry: Fun Facts to Get You Through the Summer

Summer is upon us and with the arrival of the warm season comes a host of exciting activities! Kids are at summer camp and soccer games while you are hitting  the pool or biking down the beach on vacation. While summer opens the door for new things to do, it also opens the door for […]

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Look Like A Million Bucks

A Winning Smile Can Be Yours! When you meet new people, do you greet them with a big, warm smile, or do you hold back because of embarrassment? Studies show that your smile is one of the first things people notice about you…don’t you want to wow them?! Being insecure about your smile may be […]

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What Do I Do About This Toothache?

Toothache Pain? Here at Southwest Family Dentistry, we know how unbearable the pain of a toothache can be. This is why we offer emergency dentistry-we hate pain and suffering just as much as you do, and, luckily for you, we’ve got you covered. What Is Wrong? Obviously, oral pain can be caused by a variety […]

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If You “Like” Us, Deals Will Come

Check Out Our Facebook for Exclusive, Monthly Promotions Everyone enjoys a good deal. Saving money without having to sacrifice quality is even better! This being said, Southwest Family Dentistry is proud to announce that every month we will be posting Facebook exclusive promotions for our patients! This is our way of rewarding our loyal customers. […]

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Announcing Our Facebook Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Who: Southwest Family Dentistry What: FB Pumpkin Carving Contest, winner gets free movie tickets! When: Oct. 1st through 31st Where: Facebook!   At Southwest Family Dentistry we’re ALL treats and no tricks this Halloween! Autumn is here and we are excited to treat one lucky Facebook fan to free movie tickets. It’s time to hit […]

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October is Dental Hygiene Month: Spotlighting Our Dental Hygienist

Meet Our Dental Hygienist: Lauren Rhodes October is Dental Hygiene Month and Southwest Family Dentistry wants to celebrate by spotlighting one of our favorite Dental Hygienists! Lauren Rhodes is originally from Lake City, FL and graduated from Santa Fe Community College with an A.S. in Dental Hygiene. Read our fun interview with Lauren to learn […]

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Southwest Family Dentistry is Hosting Halloween Candy BuyBack

Halloween is creeping up quickly, parents!  On one hand, it can be exciting to help the kids pick costumes and hand out candy to the neighborhood kids. One the other hand, come November 1st the excitement is gone and you are left with nothing but empty candy wrappers and hyperactive kids on a week-long sugar […]

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Introducing Our Dental Rewards Card for 2015

2015 is finally here! As you head into the New Year and begin achieving your resolutions, remember that improving your smile should always be at the top of the list! This year, we are making it easy for you to maintain excellent oral health. Throughout 2015, we are offering our Dental Care Rewards Card! How […]

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