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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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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Keep Your Teeth White By Eating These Five Foods

July 29, 2015

Eating food that whitens teethIf we told you that there are certain foods out there than naturally whiten your teeth, would you believe us? You should, because we’re not pulling your leg. There are some food choices that have many beneficial attributes for your teeth. Who knew? For obvious reasons, your teeth can’t attain the level of “whiteness” that bleach treatment can offer. However, given the fact that it’s nature’s way of keeping your teeth white, we think that’s pretty darn cool. Plus, most of these food choices are quite delicious and have natural sugars that won’t harm your enamel. Our office in Selden, NY likes being at the forefront of breaking dental news, and this, though not necessarily “breaking news”, is one way we like keeping you ahead of the game. Dr. Scotto-Lavino wants your teeth to stay as white as they possibly can, and by eating these five foods, you’re brightening your teeth without paying for any cosmetic dentistry services. How neat is that?
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Transform Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

May 29, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-166637260While porcelain veneers represent one of the most significant advances in cosmetic dentistry, the concept behind veneers is simple: If you have discolored, uneven, or just plain unattractive teeth, simply cover them up with paper thin, attractive porcelain veneers. When you come to our office in Selden, NY, you’ll experience the finest porcelain veneer service around.

 

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are used to cover the surface of decayed, discolored, or otherwise unsightly teeth. Applied with a strong adhesive material, veneers are bonded directly to the teeth. Veneers should look completely natural and last a lifetime.

Porcelain veneers can address many dental problems including:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Crookedness
  • Gaps
  • Discolorations
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Worn teeth

To make your smile makeover with porcelain veneers possible, we’ll assess your current smile problems and discuss with you the changes you would like to make. Porcelain veneers can be colored to match your natural smile and made to blend beautifully with your facial aesthetics. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino will make sure that your porcelain veneers are crafted at a high quality dental lab known for producing excellent results.

The advantages of receiving a porcelain veneer are many:

  • No discoloration
  • Veneers are stain-resistant
  • They can cover virtually any imperfection, including gaps, chips and stains
  • Veneers are long-lasting – most patients get at least a decade of wear from veneers
  • They’re durable and scratch-resistant
  • They look incredibly lifelike

 

Heed These Helpful Tidbits

To reduce the risk of damage to your veneers, we recommend not biting or chewing on any hard objects such as nut shells or bones, and do not use your teeth to open or tear packages. You may also be advised to avoid certain foods that could damage the porcelain used.

 

Schedule a Veneer Appointment

Speak with our staff in the Selden, NY office and schedule your porcelain veneer appointment today. We proudly serve the surrounding communites of Port Jefferson Station, MT. Sinai, Terryville, Coram, Farmingville and beyond.

 

Fall In Love with Your Smile! Get Professional Teeth Whitening from Dr. Scotto-Lavino in Selden, NY

February 13, 2015

465382113Have you noticed that your pearly whites aren’t so pearly? Tooth staining and discoloration can happen naturally over time for many reasons. As we get older, the outer layer of enamel on our teeth is slowly worn away, eventually revealing the darker dentin layer underneath. Our teeth can also discolor from smoking, drinking coffee, tea, and wine, and from taking certain medications or antibiotics. But you don’t have to settle for a dull or discolored smile. Professional teeth whitening from Dr. Scotto-Lavino can fully restore your teeth to their true hue and brightness. Make an appointment with Dr. Scotto-Lavino today for the reliable teeth whitening treatment you need. Dr. Scotto-Lavino is a well practiced cosmetic dentist, proudly delivering quality care daily throughout Selden, NY, Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Coram, Terryville, Farmingville, and the surrounding communities.

What about Teeth Whitening Toothpaste and Strips?

Given the number of teeth whitening options, how do you know which one is right for you? The first thing to consider is that teeth whitening can be achieved in one of two ways. A product can either bleach your teeth using peroxides that remove both deep and surface stains, or work to physically or chemically remove surface stains only with non-bleaching ingredients. Teeth whitening toothpastes fall into the latter category. They can’t change the color of your enamel and so are generally ineffective for correcting yellowed teeth or removing deep stains. Other over-the-counter products like teeth whitening strips, rinses, and gels, do contain the necessary bleaching agents; however, they are heavily diluted. It can take several weeks of daily use before these products begin to work, leaving you at risk for gum irritation and inflammation from the prolonged exposure.

Dr. Scotto-Lavino Offers Easy Take Home Teeth Whitening Solutions

Dr. Scotto-Lavino offers easy take-home teeth whitening using the Sapphire  system, complete with custom fitted home bleaching trays and professional strength teeth whitening gel. You can conveniently use the trays and bleaching gel at home and get noticeably whiter teeth in just 7 to 10 days!

Selden Teeth Whitening Appointments

Everyone wants a bright white smile. In fact, teeth whitening is the #1 aesthetic goal of most cosmetic dentistry patients. Make your teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Scotto-Lavino today and get the quality dental care you deserve. Dr. Scotto-Lavino restores smiles daily throughout Selden, NY, Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Coram, Terryville, Farmingville, and neighboring areas.

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.

 

Find Relief In Your Tooth Pain with Root Canal Therapy

August 20, 2014

489085765If you ask anyone who has ever lived with pain, they will all tell you that it is never a comfortable or pleasurable experience. Continuous pain, no matter how slight, is taxing on the mind, heart, and body. One of the worst pains people speak of is tooth pain. Tooth pain is excruciating, and can truly cripple someone, hindering the way they feel about themselves and how they go about their daily lives. Though you may dismiss tooth pain as simple discomfort, there are many things that could be the underlying issue of your pain, and it has the potential to be serious. Thankfully, Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino is able to alleviate your pain by offering root canal therapy to his patients.

A couple of reasons why someone may need root canal therapy is when a cavity has been ignored for far too long, and when there is some sort of dental trauma. Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is able to relieve you of your chronic pain, restoring the health in your tooth and in your smile.

When harmful bacteria have made its way to the pulp of your tooth, the result is constant pain and pressure. If you do not handle your tooth pain in a timely manner, you could suffer from bone loss in your jaw, putting the other teeth in your smile in serious jeopardy. Dr. Scotto-Lavino will address the infected tooth by removing the damaged pulp. The tooth is then filled with a biocompatible material, and capped with a dental crown. All of these measures are to ensure that no more bacteria enter your tooth and causes damage to the tooth any further. At the end of your root canal therapy, you are left free of pain and with a healthier smile! If you would like Dr. Scotto-Lavino’s help alleviating you of your tooth pain with root canal therapy, contact our Selden, NY dental office today.

Your local dentist in Selden, NY can provide you with root canal therapy, as well as a menu of other personalized services for patients from Selden, Centereach, Port Jefferson, Farmingville, and beyond. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Restore Your Smile and Your Self-Confidence with Implant Dentistry Services

March 19, 2013

Implants new smallDental implants are a relatively new procedure when compared to the hundreds of years that restorative services like dentures have been around, but they’ve already taken the world by storm. With the help of implant dentistry, patients with smiles of all shapes and sizes can finally have the complete, natural, and sturdy new set of teeth they’ve always wanted – after a while, you might even forget that you ever lost your teeth in the first place! Better yet, because implants replicate the entire structure of the tooth (root and all!), your oral health is maintained, including your jawbone, which can often begin to deteriorate after the loss of one or more teeth.

While implant dentistry services vary from practice to practice, your local dentist in Selden, NY offers these procedures:

  • Dental implants
  • All-on-4 Teeth in a Day

The dental implants process is carried out in a few steps. First, you’ll have a small titanium post placed in your jawbone; this serves as the root of your new tooth. Then, after an appropriate amount of time has passed for the implant to naturally fuse with your bone, you’ll come into your local dentist practice in order to have your restoration placed on top.

For patients who don’t qualify for dental implants (you need to have adequate bone tissue to support the implants, as well as relatively healthy gums), All-on-4 Teeth in a Day is often a good option. This method uses just four expertly placed implants to support a brand-new bridge that can seamlessly erase the gaps in your smile. Unlike dental implants, your local dentist can provide a temporary bridge directly following your treatment, meaning that you won’t have to undergo any time without a full smile.

Your local dentist in Selden, NY can provide both of these restorative methods, as well as a menu of other personalized services for patients from Selden, Centereach, Port Jefferson, Farmingville, and beyond. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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