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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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…)

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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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.

Family Dentistry for Selden and Beyond

January 3, 2013

family dentistryA dental office that serves your entire family is something any parent would love to find. That’s why your local Selden dental office provides family dentistry. With our focus on families, we can help patients of all ages get the important care they need. We offer service to Centereach, Port Jefferson, Farmingville, and surrounding communities in the Long Island area.

What Services Are Included As Part of Family Dentistry?

Family dentistry uses general and preventive services to meet the needs of a wide range of patients. That means we put a special focus on regular exams and dental cleanings. Why? Because it’s through regular visits like these that your local Selden dentist will be able to catch common oral health conditions early, before they become a major problem.

During a regular visit, your dentist will closely inspect your teeth and gums for signs of gum disease and tooth decay. Gum disease has been tied to other kinds of health conditions, like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. Tooth decay, on the other hand, is a common for all patients, but especially for young kids who are just learning to brush.

Outside of general and preventive care, our Selden family dentistry services include:

  • Periodontal therapy
  • Nightguards for bruxism
  • Dental crowns and fillings
  • Endodontics

To learn more about any of these services, or any others, call your local Selden family dental office. We provide care for Selden, Centereach, Port Jefferson, Farmingville, and surrounding communities in the Long Island area.

General Dentistry for Long Island

December 21, 2012

general dentistIf you live in Long Island, or in centrally located communities like Selden, Centereach, Port Jefferson, and Farmingville, you’ll find you have many choices when it comes to choosing a general dentist. Seeing a general dentist twice a year is important for your smile but also your overall wellbeing. You might be wondering, though, what do we mean when we talk about general dentistry?

General dentistry can vary from practice to practice, but here are some general services that would fall under this umbrella.

  • Dental cleanings
  • Dental exams
  • Children’s dentistry
  • Periodontal care
  • Nightguards

For most people, the general dentist is the first and sometimes only dental practitioner they will see, so it’s crucial that you take time in selecting your dentist, as you’re entrusting them with the health of your teeth.

You’ll need to visit your general dentist every six months, or about twice a year. This is important to ensure that your teeth stay beautiful and healthy. Unfortunately, while proper brushing and flossing are extremely important, they’re not enough alone to ensure that your teeth stay healthy. Your general dentist will remove hard to reach plaque and tartar during your regular appointments.

Your general dentist will also inspect your mouth to make sure you don’t have gum disease, cavities or other dental health concerns. Preventative care is essential to make sure your teeth stay healthy, so don’t forget to visit your dentist twice a year.

Whether you live in Selden, Ronkonkoma, Centereach, or some of the surrounding communities in Long Island, there’s a general dentist out there that’s perfectly suited to your needs, just waiting for you to come for an appointment.


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