Posts for: December, 2014
After your professional dental whitening appointment, you'll probably be so pleased with the results that you won't want to stop smiling. But in between smiles, it's a good idea to think about the future—how can you protect your newly whitened teeth so that they will stay bright and beautiful for many years? Here are some tips from Lansing dentist Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler on how to keep your teeth pearly white.
Eat Better Foods
One of the best things you can do for your newly whitened teeth is to watch what you eat. Teeth become discolored over time because of constant contact with foods and drinks that cause or promote staining. They wash over the teeth and residue sticks to the surface that causes yellowing over time. So if you want to protect your teeth, avoid the following items as much as possible:
- Red Wine
- Blueberries and raspberries
It’s a good idea to limit your consumption of any food that can leave a dark stain behind. If you do eat these foods, be sure to brush or rinse afterwards. When you drink beverages, use a straw whenever possible and talk to Lansing dentist Dr. Scott-Hetchler about other ways to avoid contact with your teeth, such as wearing a mouth guard or plastic retainer.
Brush with a Whitening Paste
Now that your teeth are gorgeous, you have to invest in a good toothpaste that will help maintain the new color. There are plenty of whitening pastes on the market that not only brighten but also protect the enamel of your teeth. You can also brush with a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for a natural solution.
Keep Up with Your Visits
Regular dental cleanings at the office of Lansing dentist Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler are crucial to protecting your teeth and maintaining your new smile for a long time into the future. Call (517) 487-6333 or visit http://www.hollydds.com to schedule your next visit for cleaning and polishing your teeth.
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Your Lansing dentist offers up helpful advice for how to protect your smile while on the field.
With football season in full swing, you might have heartily cheered on Michigan State as the Spartans beat out Penn State in the regular season finale, or watched the Lions down the Bears on Thanksgiving. Maybe you or your child even play football during the fall and winter seasons. If so, how much thought you have put into protecting your smile while on the field? If you haven’t, it’s OK. Luckily, it’s never too late to start protecting your smile from potential damage. Your Lansing dentist wants to make sure your teeth remain healthy even when your head is in the game.
Always wear your helmet
Luckily football is one sport that makes helmets a mandatory part of the game. Having strong and durable gear is the most important part to protecting your body and your smile. Before playing, always examine your helmet to make sure there is no damage. If your helmet already has a fracture or crack, it’s less likely to offer the full protection you need to cushion your face and smile from a violent tackle.
Sport a mouth guard
Sure, you might think this seems like overkill, but it’s important to have different layers of protection just in case something happens. After all, if a serious blow causes your helmet to break, you could still be susceptible to a dental injury. That’s where a mouth guard comes into play. A mouth guard offers just another level of coverage while out on the field.
If you or your child has already purchased a mouth guard from the local pharmacy and it doesn’t seem to fit as tightly or properly as it should, then call your Lansing dentist. We can create a custom-made mouth guard that fits you and your smile just perfectly. Let us know that your mouth guard will be used for football, and we’ll make sure to provide you with the best protection possible to maintain that beautiful smile.
If you are interested in getting custom mouth guards or you have a dental emergency, never hesitate to pick up the phone and call us right away. Our number one goal is to keep your smile healthy and happy.