What is a Crown? Why is a Crown Needed?

When you speak to your dentist about possible treatments for decay and damage to your teeth, you’re likely to hear the term ‘crown’ a lot. Like a crown that sits on the head, a dental crown is placed over your tooth to protect it, often after the decayed tooth has been reshaped to accept it. […]

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Can I Keep My Wisdom Teeth?

Once you’ve made it through your teen years you might believe you’ve had all the teeth come in you’re ever going to get. For over half of all people this isn’t actually the case as wisdom teeth can come as late as your early adult years. Understanding when and how your wisdom teeth can come […]

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How Gum Disease And Heart Disease Are Related

It’s important to remember that the body isn’t compartmentalized into isolated systems, but that your health is the result of multiple parts of your body working in tandem. Continuing research has been revealing just how much your oral health is part of this connection, with recent data showing that an increased risk of heart disease […]

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Am I Candidate For Dentures?

Life without a complete set of teeth can be a real challenge, especially if you like foods that require a decent amount of chewing to enjoy. Dentures are a great way to restore your ability to enjoy delicious foods without having to mush them up or use alternative preparations, and they help to preserve your […]

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When Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

As we enter our 20th year we need to begin being concerned about the presence of wisdom teeth for the first time. Over half of all dental patients experience complications that involve impaction due to wisdom teeth, and have to undergo surgery to have them removed. In some patients who get wisdom teeth there are […]

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When Should My Child See A Dentist?

We don’t often consider our newborns dental health when they first come home, a fact that is unsurprising given that they don’t have any teeth yet! It won’t be long before they get their first tooth, and most parents don’t know that getting them into the dentist as soon as possible is vital to their […]

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Why Professional Dental Cleaning Is Essential To Your Health

A steady routine of traditional oral health care practices including flossing, regular use of mouthwash, and the all-important brushing can go a long way to helping you retain your teeth throughout your whole life. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only key to good oral health, these excellent practices must be combined with regular visits to your […]

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Understanding Gum Disease

It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “gum diseases like gingivitis” in ads for toothpaste and floss on TV, but have you ever heard them discuss the various types of gum disease? For most patients, gingivitis is the only term they’re aware of, and in many cases, they’re unaware of any other forms existing. The […]

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Clearing Up The Mystery of Dental Implants!

Dental Implants have been touted as a sort of promised land for those who are looking for a way to replace their missing teeth. While they’re currently big news, they’re hardly a new concept, given that Ancient Egyptian mummies have been found with implants made of gold-wire in their jawbones. While Americans under 50 have […]

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How To Prepare For The Dental Implant Procedure

You’ve been hearing about dental implants, and the idea of having a beautiful set of teeth that will return your favorite foods and a confident smile to you is tempting you to take the plunge. It’s understandable that there would be some trepidation, it’s a big step and most people don’t clearly understand what goes […]

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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Dental anxiety is a common concern among patients, and for those who suffer from it, the idea of being unconscious during the procedure sounds like heaven. Sedation dentistry is used in those situations where the surgery doesn’t qualify for the use of local anesthesia due to its severity, or where the patient has elected to […]

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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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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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