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5 Ways to Eat Your Way To A Healthy Smile

All of us here at Westover Family Dentistry have heard the expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Taking this to heart can make our teeth stronger and brighter if we eat the right foods to support that healthy smile.


Even though Veneers, crowns, and fillings, along with professional whitening can make your teeth stronger and brighter, it’s best to avoid cavities and stains altogether with regular brushing, flossing, and just as important…eating the right foods.

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What Foods are Bad for My Teeth?

Walking down the aisles at the grocery store can be overwhelming, and sometimes it’s hard to know which foods are healthy. It always pays off to check labels for high sugar content, high levels of acid, or ingredients you’ve never heard of. Here are some tips on foods to watch out for. Remember, it always pays to be mindful of what you put into your body! Whether it’s solid food, candy, soda, or sports drinks, take the necessary steps to prevent unwanted conditions in any form that can damage your teeth. Keep reading to learn more from Dr. Austin Westover and Dr. Bryant Ash at Westover Family Dentistry about which foods pose a threat to your dental health.


What to Avoid

  • Enemies of Enamel
  • Surprisingly Sugary
  • Bad for Breath

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What Vitamins Should You Take for Healthy Teeth?

Vitamins and minerals are essential for your health. But vitamins are not just good for keeping your energy up or gut health; they are also integral to good oral health. Your teeth are bones, just like those that make up your arms and legs, and therefore require the same support as the bones in the rest of your body.

Vitamins are essentially an all-around preventative measure for common oral health issues. Improving your mouth’s health every day with vitamins is a proactive way to ensure a pain-free, healthy dental experience. Dr. Austin Westover and Dr. Bryant Ash at Westover Family Dentistry recommends these vitamins to promote tooth health, strengthen your enamel, and support jaw health.


Here are the five vitamins and minerals you should have daily:

  1. Vitamin A
  2. Vitamin C
  3. Calcium
  4. Vitamin D
  5. Vitamin K

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Upgrade Your Smile With 3D Printed Veneers at Westover Family Dentistry

Do you have chipped, misshapen, or discolored teeth? Are there gaps in your smile that you just want to fix? There are many ways that a dentist can help you fix your smile from braces and clear aligners to whitening. But when these solutions aren’t an option, a dental veneer might be just what the doctor ordered.

A veneer is a thin cover that sticks to the outside of your teeth. Dental veneers have traditionally been made of porcelain giving your teeth a classic shape and coloring. In the old days, a dentist would take a mold of your mouth using the goopy impression and send it off to a lab for the veneers to be manufactured and sent back to the office, often taking weeks.

At Westover Family Dentistry, we’ve brought the veneer into the modern era using a state-of-the-art 3D printing technique all done in-house. You could go home with a sample veneer on the same day and at less than half the cost of traditional veneers!

How it works

We take X-rays of your mouth and do an exam. If everything looks good and healthy we then perform 3D scans of your teeth and face and design a trial smile. We then print your trial smile veneers with our brand new cutting-edge 3D printer. (It’s actually an Einstein series DLP 3D printer from Desktop Health but that’s just important for the dental tech geeks like us!) If you like what you see we will schedule you for 3D printed permanent veneers at your next visit.

Wear Your Trial Smile Home

You don’t actually go home with a permanent set of digitally printed veneers that same day but we do give you a trial smile. We 3D print the trial smile and have you wear it home. The trial smile veneers only last a day or two but gives you time to see if you want to proceed.

Better Fit For Your Smile

One of the best things about innovative technology like our 3D dental printer is its accuracy. Precision is important in all of dentistry but this new way of manufacturing allows us to have complete control within our own office. This level of control gives us confidence in providing a more comfortable fit with a higher quality finish for your smile.

No muss, no fuss!

Our 3D printer and scanner completely eliminates the need for goopy paste to take impressions and then having to send them out to a lab to create models. We can now do that in a fraction of the time with a clean 3D scan to create the digital impression of your mouth.

Cost Less

Traditional veneers can cost upwards of $2,000 per tooth! By bringing the technology home, we can produce your new smile for less than half the cost. We can even set you up with a digital scan and send you home with your trial smile all for an $800 initial fee in the same day.

Westover Family Dentistry we have the technology that will make it quick and easy to get yourself a million dollar smile without breaking the bank. Ask us about getting 3D printed veneers for yourself today!

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No Pain, All Gain: Painless Laser Fillings at Westover Family Dentistry

At Westover Family Dentistry we can treat you with a painless laser that will replace the traditional drill for all kinds of dental treatments, from simple fillings to complex procedures.

Quick and painless. That’s how we here at Westover Family Dentistry describe our advanced laser technology for dental procedures – it eliminates the need for anesthesia and saves you time and discomfort. We know that one of the biggest barriers patients face when needing treatment is the pain of needles and the fear of a traditional drill. That’s why we invested in painless lasers for our practice to deliver the best dental health care possible for our patients with the least discomfort.

What is it? Technically called a Solea® Dental Laser, it’s the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA. This cutting-edge device will change your entire experience of going to the dentist.

No shot and no needle. Can you imagine being able to go to the dentist for a procedure and not having to get anesthesia? With our painless laser, this is now a reality. Most of our patients do not need numbing with this new device and many report they feel only a mild cold sensation during treatment.

No drill, no noise. Yes, we realize that the drill can be scary, especially for younger patients. The computer-controlled laser technology smoothly, quickly, and safely vaporizes the hard and soft tissues in your mouth (your teeth and gums) rather than drilling them away. And, in most cases, the laser allows us to remove silver fillings, minimizing the loss of tooth structure.

Safe for everyone! It’s great for kids. It’s faster and most procedures are done without a shot, a drill, or pain. And it’s actually a better option if you’re pregnant since there is no need to inject a patient with anesthetics for the majority of procedures.

What’s the price? Treatment with our painless laser costs the same as traditional dental procedures done with a drill. Insurance typically covers the cost of laser treatment just like any other. (Please discuss coverage with us at your appointment.)

Fewer visits! Not only does it allow us to give you the same great care we always have, but we can also accomplish more in one visit. Because there is no need for a shot, multiple procedures can be done in one appointment, meaning less time at our office. A child can go right back to school or eat right after their appointment because they don’t leave feeling numb.

To schedule your painless laser filling at Westover Family Dentistry with the Solea laser, click here!

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What is Grinding and Clenching?

Grinding and clenching…. sound like the newest dance craze? Unfortunately, these two oral habits are responsible for the highest amount of tooth loss throughout life. What’s more, these words are often commonly associated with the three most dreaded letters in dentistry, “TMJ”.

Grinding is usually associated with sleep time. While our bodies shut down and refresh, we routinely dream. As you might imagine, some of these dreams can be quite stressful. Grinding involves squeezing the mouth muscles like you are biting into food and then sliding the teeth from side to side. Often very loud and obvious to those who are awake, this process causes premature wear of teeth that are touching. Jaw joint stress from this action can also lead to pain and loud joint noises. Although short periods of grinding are inconsequential, longer periods can lead to loss of the outside and inside layer of tooth structure as well as prolonged joint symptoms.

Clenching commonly occurs during waking hours. Described as strong biting without food in the mouth, the habit contributes to the above symptoms. As this falls under conscious behavior, clenching is thought to be easier to control.

Treatment for both includes focusing on both the cause and result. As stress is a primary factor, stress relief treatments are important. The dentist also plays a large role in helping to manage these habits. Worn teeth sometimes need to be restored and “bite guard” appliances can be fabricated to protect the remaining tooth structure during susceptible times.

Call us to set up your complimentary consultation and take the next step towards the smile that you’ve always dreamt of. Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you on a path to a great smile. Call us today or click below to schedule a consultation. We can’t wait to meet you!

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