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Posts for: December, 2014

By Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler
December 18, 2014
Category: Dental Education
Tags: teeth whitening  

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.Teeth Whitening

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:

- Tomatoes
- Red Wine
- Coffee
- Soda
- 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 to schedule your next visit for cleaning and polishing your teeth.

By Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler
December 17, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged


Explore Your Teeth Whitening Options

One of the most common requests that Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler gets at her Lansing MI dentist office is “can you make my teeth look whiter?” Patients want a whiter smile because it gives them more confidence with smiling and talking with others. It has significant social effects, as the vast majority of Americans believe that a better looking smile is a key element of your attractiveness. Explore the various teeth whitening options that you have at your disposal so that you can make a decision that’s just right for your needs.
Over the Counter (OTC) Solutions
Over the counter whitening solutions abound in retail stores and pharmacies across the country. They offer a way to slowly whiten the teeth using strips and bleaching gels. OTC teeth whitening solutions can be effective in some cases, but it’s important that you follow the directions closely to experience results. Some patients experience gum irritations when they don’t use the products properly. If you choose a good whitening product, noticeable whitening results can be achieved in a matter of weeks.
Professional Whitening Solutions
When you want a long-lasting solution that doesn’t require too much of your time, your best bet is to visit Lansing MI dentist Dr. Scott-Hetchler for a professional tooth whitening session. The dentist uses a high-grade whitening solution and dental tools to change the color of your teeth by up on 10 shades. Dr. Scott-Hetchler takes special care to ensure that your gums and teeth aren’t irritated by the whitening gel. 
Another option that dentists offer is a whitening kit that you can use at home. It’s not as fast and effective as in-office whitening, but some patients see significant results after using this at-home whitening treatment.
Schedule a Consultation
Whichever solution you’re considering, it’s worthwhile to schedule a teeth whitening consultation with Lansing MI dentist Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler to talk things over. You can ask for an appointment time with her online at or call the office directly at (517) 487-6333 to speak with one of her friendly receptionists.

By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
December 16, 2014
Category: Dental Education

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.

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