Lansing's Dental Discussion
By Holly A. Scott-Hetchler DDS, PC
March 24, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

How to organize your family’s dental visits

It’s important for you and your entire family to visit the dentist, but it may seem like a daunting task. Preventive dental care is so important because poor dental health has been linked to systemic diseases like heart disease and diabetes in adults. In children, conditions like Family Dentist baby bottle syndrome can lead to severe tooth decay and tooth loss. It’s time to coordinate your efforts so you and your family have any easy time taking care of your oral health. Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler, in Lansing, Michigan, wants to help you take care of your family.

Ideally, you and your family should visit your Lansing dentist at regular intervals every six months. Typically, Dr. Scott-Hetchler will take x-rays and perform a comprehensive exam every year, and you will receive a thorough cleaning every six months. If you have dental conditions such as periodontal disease, you will need to come in more often, depending on the severity of the disease.

The best way to organize your family’s dental visits is to make them all at once, so you don’t overlook a member of your family. Try to plan for a certain time of year, and put it on the calendar so you remember.

If you have a toddler, try to bring your child in within six months of eruption of the first tooth, because decay can happen fast. In any case, bring your child in within the first year, so your child can get used to Dr. Scott-Hetchler and she can look for any problems.

It’s best not to wait until you have pain or a dental emergency to seek Dr. Scott-Hetchler’ help. Dental problems can escalate. For example:

  • Untreated decay can turn into the need for a root canal or tooth extraction
  • Untreated gum infection can turn into periodontal problems
  • Untreated periodontal problems can turn into a tooth extraction
  • Tooth removal leads to a need for tooth replacement with implants, partials or dentures

You should do all you can to protect your family’s dental health, and an important part of that is organizing your family’s dental visits into a schedule that works. Find a schedule that works for you, and stick to it because the health of your mouth is vital to your overall health. Call Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler in Lansing, Michigan and find out more about family dentistry. Call today; your family will thank you!

By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
February 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a damaged tooth, having a dentist repair it as soon as possible is vital to saving the tooth. One of the ways dentists like Dr. dental crownsHolly Scott-Hetchler, your dentist in Lansing, Michigan, restore damaged teeth is by using dental crowns. Here, Dr. Holly explains how crowns work and what they do to help your teeth.

What is a dental crown?

Crowns, also called caps, fit over damaged teeth to keep it secure and protected from any other trauma. While Lansing dentists in the past used to rely on extractions to deal with major decay or trauma, advancements in dental techniques have shown that keeping the root of the natural tooth intact is integral to the health of the other teeth. Like a high-tech machine, your teeth rely on each other to work properly. By placing a tooth-shaped porcelain or metal cap over a damaged tooth, your Lansing dentist is helping to restore its form and function on top and retaining its function underneath your gum line.

How is a crown placed?

Your Lansing dentist starts by applying a local anesthetic to the affected area. The damaged tooth will likely need to be filed down to remove any remaining decay and ensure a good fit with the crown. A temporary crown may be placed at this time; however, if the permanent crown has already been crafted, it will be fitted on top of the prepared tooth and cemented in place. This is a fairly simple procedure that typically takes less than an hour at your Lansing dentist's office.

Don't let a damaged tooth go without treatment. This can lead to other dental problems, including infections and further tooth loss. Contact the office of Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler in Lansing, Michigan to have your tooth evaluated and a treatment plan made for you.

By Holly A. Scott-Hetchler DDS, PC
December 27, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Whether the person sitting in the dentist's chair is a 20 year old college student, or an 82 year old great grandfather, cosmetic dentistry has made it possible for anyone to have a perfect smile, regardless of past dental problems. Yet even with abundant access to oral healthcare, many people let fear of the dentist, embarrassment, and myths about common dental practices and procedures get in the Denturesway of fixing their smile and replacing missing teeth.

The Truth About Dentures

One of the biggest myths about dentistry is that tooth loss - and by extension dentures - are problems that exclusively affect the elderly. Periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss, can (and often does) also affect younger adults. Poor oral hygiene habits, as well as genetics, can lead to gum disease and tooth loss well before retirement age. Trauma and accidents also cause tooth loss at any age.

In addition to the cosmetic considerations (missing teeth can not only cause embarrassment and self esteem problems, they can also cause the skin around the mouth to sag and become hollow), they can also lead to loss of healthy bone tissue in the jaw.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentures

Dentures have come a long way since the time of America's first president and most famous founding father and dental patient, George Washington (yes he did have them, and no they were not made out of wood). There are several types of dentures, all of which are designed for a secure fit, and to match the cosmetic appearance of natural teeth.

Depending on the extent of tooth loss and the individual needs of each patient, Lansing dentist Dr. Holly A. Scott-Hetchler will recommend:

  • Complete dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Overdentures
  • Implant-supported denture
  • Immediate dentures
  • Soft liners

Many people state shame or embarrassment over missing teeth and other dental problems as a major factor in their overall self image and confidence, which can negatively impact everything from career success to social and personal relationships. Cosmetic dentures can help to improve a person's overall quality of life by restoring their natural smile.

To learn more about dentures and comprehensive dental care in Lansing, contact Holly A. Scott-Hetchler DDS, PC at (517) 487-6333 to schedule a consultation today!

By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
October 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

You too can improve your smile’s appearance quickly with dental veneers.

If you’ve been looking to get a brighter, straighter smile without the minor imperfections then look no further than your Lansing dentist Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler.

What dental problems do you need to hide to finally get that perfect smile? If you are currently dealing with any of these issues then Veneersdental veneers might be able to help:

  • Cracks and chips
  • Stains and discolorations
  • Minor crookedness and overcrowding
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

Dental veneers are a great way to change the color, length or overall shape of your smile without requiring invasive or painful procedures. Getting dental veneers is as simple as these three main steps:

Step #1: We won’t know if veneers are right for your smile until you come into our office for a consultation. There your dentist in Lansing, MI can take a look at your smile and also talk to you about your dental goals. Through this exam we can determine if dental veneers will give you the smile you want.

Step #2: Once you’ve been deemed an ideal candidate for treatment, the next step is to take impressions of your teeth, from which your veneers will be custom-made. Once impressions are taken we will also prep your teeth. Another advantage of getting dental veneers is that it only requires minimal tooth preparation. Before you can get your veneers we will need to shave down some enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers. But don’t worry; this preparation doesn’t hurt!

Step #3: Once your veneers have been made (which takes anywhere from one to two weeks), you will come back in for a fitting. We will temporarily apply the veneers to make sure you are satisfied with you new look before applying dental resin between your veneers and your teeth. We will then harden the resin with a laser to secure the veneers to your teeth. Once this has happened you will be able to leave our Lansing dental office with a brand new smile.

Want to find out if dental veneers are right for you? Then schedule a consultation with your Lansing, MI dentist and get one step closer to that smile you want.

By Holly A. Scott-Hetchler DDS, PC
July 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

Find out what to do when your dental filling becomes damaged.

If you’ve ever had a cavity, then your Lansing dentist Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler likely removed the decay and painlessly filled your tooth to preserve your smile. While dental fillings are made from durable composite resin, sometimes fillings can become damaged. Find out what you should do if your filling cracks.

When will my dental filling need to be replaced?

While dental fillings are durable and designed to last for years, at some point they will need to be replaced. Teeth grinding, jaw clenching and wear and tear from eating can cause a dental filling to crack or fail, shortening its lifespan.

If your filling has cracked or become damaged, this allows bacteria to enter the tooth and potentially cause further damage. While these bacteria can be removed by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, they can be difficult to remove with your regular toothbrush. To prevent your tooth from developing more decay, you’ll need to see your Lansing dentist for treatment.

How do you know that your filling has begun to fail?

Sometimes you don’t, which is why keeping up with regular dental examinations are vitally important to detecting and treating problems with your dental fillings. If you see your Lansing dentist every six months for routine cleanings, we will typically be able to detect issues as soon as possible before other complications have set in. Even if you can’t tell that your filling is worn or cracked, we will be able to check the filling's integrity by using a special instrument. X-rays can also help to confirm whether a dental filling is still sound or not.

If your Lansing dentist finds that your dental filling has failed or decay on your X-ray, then the dental filling needs to be replaced. Do not put off getting a new filling! The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the crack will worsen or tooth pain will set in. Early detection is key!

Dealing with a dental problem that needs immediate repairs? Your Lansing dentist is at your service. Call Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler's office right away, and let us care for your damaged filling.

By Office of Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS, PC
May 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth Whitening Find out more about what getting teeth whitening in Lansing can do for your self-esteem.

Want to feel better and more confident in your smile? It’s never too late to consider getting teeth whitening in Lansing. Find out what our in-office whitening session entails.

What should I expect when I get teeth whitening in Lansing?

Whitening sessions are simple, safe and effective for getting a whiter smile. When you come in for your treatment we will use a separator to keep lips and sensitive tissue away from the bleaching gel. Then we will apply a layer of whitening gel to the aesthetic zone of your smile (the teeth that are visible) and direct an activating laser at your teeth to activate the gel. After 15 minutes, we will remove the gel, reapply a fresh layer and reactivate it. One whitening session usually performs two or three different applications.

How white will my smile get with teeth whitening?

After your whitening session, we will pull out a shade chart to find out how much whitening has improved your smile. Some patients can get their smile up to 10 shades whiter with just one whitening treatment in Lansing. A lot will depend on the severity of your dental stains.

Is teeth whitening safe?

While some people may have concerns about the safety of using bleach on their teeth, there is no documented research that proves that this is unsafe or even damaging to tooth enamel. Especially since in-office teeth whitening is performed by your Lansing dentist, we know how to properly and effective us our highly concentrated gel to get the brighter results you want without worrying about the health of your smile.

Should I get teeth whitening in Lansing if I have sensitive teeth?

Many people with sensitive teeth are concerned that whitening treatment will only make things worse; however, not only can we monitor your sensitivity during your treatment but we can also tailor your whitening session so that you get the look you want without having to deal with the uncomfortable effects that whitening can sometimes have on sensitive teeth.

To find out just how much teeth whitening could improve your smile in Lansing, it’s time to talk to Dr. Holly today. Call our office today and start your journey to a brighter smile.

By Holly Scott-Hetchler, DDS
March 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Checkups  

Regular Dental CheckupsGoing to the dentist isn't always the most exciting experience, but when you make it a family affair, it can quickly become a welcomed habit. Every member of the family, from the young ones to elderly grandparents can benefit from visiting the dentist at least twice per year. Here is why Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler advises her Lansing patients to bring the whole family in for regular dental checkups. 

The Value of a Family Dentist
Much like having a trusted doctor, it's a very comforting feeling to know that you have a trusted family dentist on call. Your family dentist knows the most about your dental issues and will be familiar with the best treatments for future concerns. A family dentist knows you, your children and even their grandparents in some cases. She has solutions for dental problems in patients of all ages.

Benefits of Regular Checkups
There are a few reasons why it's a good idea to get regular dental checkups. For one, even if you keep up with a good oral care routine at home, you just don't have the dental tools on hand that your Lansing dentist has at her office. Dr. Scott-Hetchler can notice plaque, cavities, tooth decay and the beginnings of gum disease -- these are issues that you can't see in your bathroom mirror at home. Another benefit of regular dental checkups for your family is that you teach your young children the importance of developing a relationship with their dentist.

What to Expect at Your Next Checkup
If you or your child hasn't been to a dental checkup in a while, maybe it will help to know what exactly will happen at your next visit. The first step is commonly a physical examination to see the overall condition of your teeth and talk about any concerns you have. Next, the dentist will take X-rays to see the bigger picture. And finally, the dentist will likely clean and polish the teeth so you leave the appointment with your mouth feeling fresh and renewed.

Schedule a Family Checkup Today
You can schedule a checkup at Dr. Scott-Hetchler's Lansing dentist office for you and the other members of your family in one call. In some cases, her office may be able to schedule a visit at the same time. Call (517) 487-6333 today.

By Holly A. Scott-Hetchler DDS, PC
February 04, 2015
Category: Dental Education
Tags: Bruxism  


If your dentist has ever told you that your clench or grind your teeth, you have a condition known as bruxism. While this might not seem like a serious problem, bruxism can damage teeth or dental crowns, and cause tension headaches and facial pain. If you are suffering from bruxism, read on to learn more about this common condition, and what you can do to alleviate your symptoms.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism involves grinding or clenching your teeth. Some people with bruxism only do this during the day, while others will clench Bruxismtheir teeth during the night. However, those who grind their teeth at night actually have a sleep movement disorder and may be more likely to develop other sleep disorders like sleep apnea.

What are the symptoms of bruxism?

Bruxism can cause aching pain and stiffness in the jaw, headaches, and even tooth damage. Over time you may notice that your teeth have flattened, or you may experience fractures and chips in your teeth. You may also notice an increase in tooth sensitivity.

When should I see my Lansing dentist about bruxism?

While not everyone will need treatment, particularly if your case is mild, you should see us right away if you notice any damage or sensitivity in your teeth, pain in your jaw, or a locked jaw.

How is bruxism diagnosed?

When you come in for your routine dental appointments, your Lansing dentist will look for signs that you may have bruxism. If we notice any red flags, we will continue to monitor the issue over the next few visits to see how things have changed, and to decide whether you may need treatment. If you are experiencing any symptoms of bruxism, please let us know at your next appointment.

How is bruxism treated?

If your bruxism is caused by poor alignment or malocclusion, your Lansing dentist may recommend braces to correct the problem. However, night guards and splints can be particularly helpful and effective at reducing the wear and tear of daily or nightly teeth grinding. Both of these appliances are placed over the top of your teeth to prevent damage due to grinding and clenching. Splints are worn for those who grind during the day, while mouth guards can help those whose bruxism is most prevalent while they sleep.

Muscle relaxants and stress management are also sometimes recommended for relieving your bruxism symptoms, depending on your case.

If you are suffering from bruxism and need relief from your symptoms, then it’s time to call your Lansing dentist, Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler. Here at our office we specialize in treating bruxism cases, as well as offer a full range of other dental services. Let us stop your jaw pain once and for all.

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.

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