Dental 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 Scotto–Lavino, 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.
The best procedure around
Experience tells Dr. Scotto-Lavino that prevention is everything when it comes to the health and longevity of your teeth and gums. Foundational are at-home brushing twice daily and flossing each day, too, as recommended by the American Dental Association.
Beyond these are the semi-annual dental exam and professional cleaning. These treatments support what the patient does at home, diagnosing problems early on to prevent complex and costly treatments in the future. Also, dental cleanings not only make smiles look bright, they also remove harmful plaque to preserve gum tissue and tooth enamel.
What happens during a dental exam?
Dr. Scotto-Lavino checks your teeth and gums for:
- signs of tooth decay and gum disease
- the condition of restorations such as fillings, crowns, bonding, implants and bridgework
- how well teeth bite together and how the jaw joints operate
- oral cancer on the soft tissues of the mouth
The Selden, NY dentist performs gentle periodontal probing. This quick procedure measures the depth of the pockets between teeth and gum tissue. Healthy gum pockets should measure less than 0.3 mm. Spaces greater than this indicate the start or progression of gum disease or periodontitis, a leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Dr. Scotto-Lavino also inspects the color and condition of the gums looking for:
- how well gums snug against tooth surfaces
- redness, swelling, tenderness and tissue texture
- pus, indicating infection
The dentist sometimes performs diagnostic x-rays to look for hidden decay and underlying root and bone structure. X-rays help track the development and eruption of children’s teeth.
Dr. Scotto-Lavino uses the semi-annual exam to formulate and work through a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient. This plan simply may include exams and cleaning or can set-up a complete smile makeover aimed at long-term health, function and bright aesthetics for the individual smile.
What happens during a dental cleaning?
Your hygienist scrapes sticky plaque and hard tartar off tooth surfaces, from between teeth and at the gum line. This accumulated “biofilm” is the major culprit in gum disease, and removing it regularly keeps gum tissue free of infection and properly attached to teeth. When plaque is not removed, tooth and bone health is compromised, and research indicates a connection between gum health and overall health.
Infection and inflammation at and below the gum line impacts areas of the body far away from the mouth, fostering serious health conditions such as:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- cardiovascular disease
- heart attack
- pregnancy complications
- low birthweight infants
To sum up, twice yearly dental cleanings support home hygiene in keeping mouth–and body systems– as healthy as possible.
Contact Dr. Scotto-Lavino
He and his staff are happy to see patients twice a year. In fact, new patients receive a free initial exam and bitewing x-rays. So, contact the office today for your important semi-annual check-up.