Dentist in Selden Explains What to Do When Needing an Extraction

July 23, 2018

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extracted tooth in forcepsDo you have a severely decayed, damaged, or infected tooth? If so, your dentist in Seldon will do everything they can to try to save it from an extraction. Unfortunately, there may come a point when there are no other viable treatment options. To stop your discomfort and to restore your oral health, it may be in your best interest to have the tooth removed. If it has been recommended that you have it pulled, your dentist will help you through the difficult time.
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Do you suffer from Selden, NY dry mouth?

June 13, 2016

Selden, NY dry mouth can cause cavities and other oral health problems. Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino talks about symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, comes from stress, cancer therapy, immune system disorders and other causes.  Dry mouth contributes to dental issues such as tooth decay, too.  Learn more about dry mouth from Selden, NY dentist, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino.

Is dry mouth harmful?

Dry mouth is harmful if it’s a chronic problem with the mouth constantly feeling sticky and irritated. Saliva moisturizes the inside of the mouth and down the esophagus, initiating the digestive process with an enzyme called amylase. The body produces this chemical to  break down carbohydrates and sugars.  Without amylase, the esophagus and stomach struggle to process foods we eat.

With no saliva, your mouth can’t taste, talk and swallow normally. In fact, the drier the mouth becomes, the more oral tissues develop. Saliva is a wonderful antimicrobial agent and defends the mouth from viral and bacterial infections such as the common cold sore.

How xerostomia happens

Physicians at the well-respected Mayo Clinic say that dry mouth occurs more often as we age. Women over the age of 40 seem most prone, and about 20 percent of the elderly have dry mouth.  Other factors such as anxiety and chronic stress, plus simply not drinking enough water, factor into the condition. Excessive caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods and salt dry out oral mucosa, too.

Many prescription drugs cause xerostomia. Cancer drugs, anti-hypertensives, diuretics, and muscle relaxants remove moisture from the lips, tongue and gums.  If you think one of your regular medications is problematic, ask your  physician or pharmacist. Perhaps there is an alternative medication you could use.

Other precipitating factors include:

  • Head and neck trauma
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • HIV
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Many autoimmune disorders, such as Sjogren’s Syndrome which disrupts tear glands in the eyes and salivary glands in the mouth

How to treat Selden, NY dry mouth

Dr. Scotto-Lavino can diagnose dry mouth. He may advise something simple such as adequate water intake and chewing sugarless gum to stimulate the salivary glands.  Limiting caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, tea and colas, along with reducing alcohol and salt, helps. Smoking cessation cuts down on symptoms, and it benefits overall health, too.

Some people use a  bedroom humidifier to the air. Try breathing through the nose. Always remove dentures at night. Over-the-counter dry mouth rinses and saliva stimulants and substitutes relieve symptoms.

Feeling parched?

Keep your 6-month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino. Brush with a soft-bristled brush twice a day, and floss once a day. Choose an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste. Regular at-home oral hygiene stimulates the salivary glands to keep saliva flowing.

Contact Dr. Scotto-Lavino for your routine appointment. Ask your Selden, NY dentist about dry mouth and what you can do about it.

Cardiovascular disease and your oral health

May 2, 2016

What happens to oral health affects overall health. Learn about the heart/mouth link from Selden, NY dentist, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino.

Cardiovascular disease plagues 700,000 adults in the United States. Hypertension, stroke, coronary artery disease, valvular problems, heart attack–all are forms of this giant cause of sickness, death and skyrocketing health care costs. Thirty-five year Selden, NY dentist, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino, teaches his patients the importance of healthy gums and their connection to cardiovascular health and overall well-being. (more…)

Your Selden, NY dentist urge twice a year dental visits

October 3, 2015

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Selden, NY dentistDental health depends on diet, brushing, flossing and twice yearly visits with Selden, NY dentist, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino. Learn what an exam involves.

For over 30 years, Selden, NY area dentist,  Dr. Stephen ScottoLavino, has been treating patients with a wide variety of general, restorative and cosmetic procedures. His skill and expertise combine to deliver the best in compassionate dental care.

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Proper Brushing Technique from the Dentist Selden, NY Trusts

September 14, 2015

Proper brushing technique from your dentist selden, NYContrary to popular belief, there is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth. Too often, patients think that going through the motions while brushing their teeth is acceptable. Guess what – it isn’t. Your teeth, along with your oral health, needs to be taken care of and proper brushing is a big part of that. The days of spending less than a minute brushing or lackadaisically moving from one tooth to another are over. We’re here to help you with your brushing routine so you can enjoy the benefits of fantastic oral health. Though brushing isn’t the only thing you can to do to keep your oral health in great shape, it’s one a main component of great oral hygiene habits.

Our Selden, NY office wants you to know that you have a friend in us. If you’re unsure of proper brushing techniques and could use some help, we’re here for you. Dr. Scotto-Lavino is the dentist Selden, NY residents can trust to get their smiles looking and feeling beautiful. Step one of achieving great oral health is by having an excellent brushing technique. We’ll provide you with a tried and true brushing technique that will leave your teeth feeling clean.
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Are you Flossing Correctly? Ask the Dentist Port Selden Trusts

August 18, 2015

Woman flossing dentist Port Selden

Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino and his Selden, NY team encourage patients to examine their flossing routine to receive maximum benefit from their efforts. Many patients dislike flossing, but the majority of flossing related complaints are actually the result of improper technique. Thorough dental hygiene at home protects teeth from decay, and significantly reduces risk for periodontal (gum) disease. Without proper flossing, you’re not cleaning some of the most at risk parts of your teeth.  Dr. Scotto-Lavino and his team invite you to read more about flossing and its benefits, or call to schedule a dental hygiene visit to find out more.
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Port Jefferson, NY general dentist, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino celebrates 35 years of quality dentistry for the entire family

June 29, 2015

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Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino has been serving patients of the Port Jefferson, NY area with quality general dentistry for the past 35 years. Building his dental practice on the solid foundation of skilled and quality care, Dr. Scotto-Lavino delivers numerous services which promote healthy and attractive teeth and gums and also long-term well-being.

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Custom Night Guards in Selden, NY

March 27, 2015

Do you wake up in the morning and feel soreness in your mouth and jaw area? Throughout the day, can you feel a dull, lingering headache that you just cannot seem to escape? You may have a bad habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep, a condition otherwise known as bruxism. Though it may seem like a mild or miniscule issue, bruxism can actually grow into a very serious problem over time. Fortunately, the office of Dr. Scotto-Lavino, located in Selden, NY, has a simple, effective solution to treat the condition.

How Can Teeth Grinding Become a Serious Problem?

Initially, the effects of nightly grinding are very mild, as the person will usually just feel a bit of soreness or a lingering headache. Over time, however, chronic teeth grinding can result in fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. It can also have an effect on your jaws, causing TMD/TMJ, or even change the appearance of your face.

So, how do you know if you have a bruxism? There are some telltale signs of the condition, including soreness in face or jaw muscles, feeling of tightness in jaw muscles, increased sensitivity, enamel wear, persistent headaches, flatten teeth, tooth marks, or indentations on the tongue or inner cheek lining.

How is Bruxism Treated?

81747161The treatment of bruxism involves making a custom night guard for your mouth. When you schedule an appointment, our doctor and trained staff will examine your mouth and diagnose the condition. If bruxism is the cause of your problems, we will take an impression of your teeth and create a customized mouth guard. After you receive the guard, you will place it in your mouth at night and sleep with it in place. The guard will prevent you from grinding your teeth together, relaxing the jaw and preventing soreness, stresses, and other problems.

Get Treated Today!

It’s time to treat your nightly grinding. To avoid future oral issued due to bruxism, contact our office via email or phone and set up an appointment today. Our Selden location opens its doors to all of the communities in Long Island, including Terryville, Port Jefferson Station, Coram, Mt. Sinai, Farmingville, Centereach, and more.

Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Selden, NY

October 20, 2014

181862636Take care of your gums and your gums will take care of you. This may sound like grandmotherly advice, but it’s true. Healthy gums not only help to ensure a healthy mouth and teeth, but a healthier you, too. From his office in Selden, NY, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino and his staff have been helping Long Islanders avoid gum disease with quality dental care for more than 30 years.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. There are actually two types of gum disease. The first and less serious form is gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis include:

  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that are tender
  • Gums that are redder than pink in color
  • Bad Breath
  • Gums that appear to be receding

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then you’d be wise to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scotto-Lavino sooner rather than later in order to prevent the more severe type of gum disease, periodontitis. In addition to the symptoms that evidence gingivitis, signs of periodontitis include:

  • Bright red or even purple gums
  • New spaces between your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth no longer fitting together when you bite
  • Evidence of pus between your teeth and gum, a sign of infection

Periodontal Therapy in Selden, NY

If Dr. Scotto-Lavino finds that you have mild gum disease, then simply teaching you how to take better care of your teeth and gums when you brush and floss at home may be all that’s required. On the other hand, if the disease is more severe—and we’ll be able to tell by examining any spots that bleed and by probing and measuring the depth of pockets in the gums around your teeth—then we may recommend periodontal therapy. This procedure involves a deep cleaning of the gums so that the infected tissue can heal.

Call Our Office Today

The first step in avoiding gum disease is proper oral care at home. And the second step is regular check-ups with Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino in Selden, NY. Our office conveniently serves patients from Centereach, Farmingville, Port Jefferson Station and Coram and beyond.

Solving Bruxism, or Teeth Grinding and Clenching, with Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino in Selden, NY

September 23, 2014

463781417Do you occasionally notice that you grind or clench your teeth when you’re deep in thought? Has a certain someone told you that you grind your teeth at night? Teeth grinding and clenching, or bruxism, is a mostly unconscious condition, making regular dental check-ups all the more important. Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino in Selden, NY, can diagnose and treat bruxism with custom-fitted night guards to give you and your sleep partner a restful night.

The Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism

According to Dr. Scotto-Lavino, the most common symptoms of bruxism, of course, involve the face, jaw, neck and head. These symptoms may include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching that others can hear
  • Flattened, cracked, chipped or loose teeth
  • Worn enamel
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Jaw or facial pain
  • Stiff or tired jaw muscles
  • A headache at the temples
  • An earache
  • Cheek or tongue damage from chewing on either

These symptoms may result from a variety of causes including anxiety and stress, sleep apnea, intense concentration, malocclusion and even as a side effect of certain medications. But whatever the cause, the symptoms are not pleasant. And bruxism may lead to significant oral complications including flat or worn teeth; cracked or chipped teeth; chronic headaches; TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder); damage to crowns and other restorations; and tooth sensitivity.

Treatment for Bruxism

One of the most common and effective methods for treating bruxism is a custom-fitted mouth guard that is worn at night. This guard is made of hard acrylic or softer materials and serves to separate the upper and lower teeth, protecting them from grinding and clenching. You may notice relief the very first night that you wear your nightguard.

Make an Appointment Today to Treat Your Bruxism

If you or someone you care about grinds and clenches their teeth, make an appointment today to see Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino in Selden, NY. Our office conveniently serves patients in the surrounding areas of Long Island, including Terryville, Port Jefferson Station, Coram, Mt. Sinai, Farmingville, Centerreach and more.

 

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