How do Pacifiers, Thumb Sucking, and Bottles Affect My Child’s Smile?

May 15, 2018

Young boy sucking his thumbAs infants, your little ones may use pacifiers and thumb sucking or fall asleep with their bottles to self-soothe. Unfortunately, when these behaviors continue for too long, kids can experience damage to their smiles. For this reason, we typically encourage parents to start weaning kids off of these behaviors around the age of two or three. Every child is different, but around this age, your kids should be able to understand some basic instructions and learn to self-soothe in other ways. If your child continues to self-soothe by sucking on thumbs, pacifiers, or bottles by the time they enter school, it may be time to talk to your children’s dentist or pediatrician about how you can help your child change their behaviors.
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6 Surprising Things That Affect the Cost of Dental Implants

October 7, 2017

Senior man smiling at dental officePatients who want to replace missing teeth with dental implants have a lot of questions, but the most common one by far is, “How much do they cost?” Patients are often frustrated when their dentists tell them that it varies, but this is the only honest answer. There are numerous factors that impact the cost of your dental implant restoration, and having a better understanding of these variables will help you determine the cost of your implant tooth replacement plan.
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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…)

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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Great Alternative to Traditional Dentures: All-On-4 Dental Bridges

April 7, 2015

Severe tooth loss is never a great experience. Whether tooth loss is due to oral decay, periodontal disease, injury, or facial trauma, tooth loss is detrimental to oral health and can have a significant effect on self-esteem and self-image. Dentures are the go-to solution for severe tooth loss, but they are not permanent. The office of Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino has an alternative to traditional dentures that are permanent and fixed. All-on-4 are durable, long-lasting bridges which will replace your missing teeth and provide a wonderful smile you will be proud to show off.

What is All-on-4?

Unlike dentures that require adhesives to stay in place, All-on-4 bridges are permanently fixed in the mouth. Very similar to dental implants, which replace a tooth or several teeth, these dentures are placed in the mouth via biocompatible titanium posts. The posts are surgically attached to the jawbone, so they can naturally merge with the bone itself. The permanent dentures are then bonded to the posts, securing them in the mouth. Unlike dental implants, however, which require a healing period after the posts are inserted, with All-on-4, you can leave the placement procedure with teeth set and ready to go.

What are the Benefits?

all on 4All-on-4 are fantastic, durable replacement teeth that offers improved oral health, mouth functionality, and the aesthetics that you want. These dentures also have the following benefits:

  • Reliability: These permanent replacements have been extensively researched and tested for strength. Take solace knowing that All-on-4 are reliable, dependable dentures.
  • Time: The procedure and healing times are significantly reduced, compared to other treatments. And, after the posts are inserted in the mouth, the doctor can give you a set of temporary bridges. You can still eat and talk comfortably, while you wait for your permanent set.
  • Affordability: All-on-4 are cost-effective, since the treatment does not require bone grafting.

Restore Your Smile Today

Let our team of friendly, talented experts restore your smile and give you a set of working, amazing replacement teeth. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our passionate staff welcomes everyone who lives in Selden, NY, Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Terryville, Farmingville, Coram, and the surrounding communities.


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