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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Dr. Scotto-Lavino: The Convenient Cosmetic Dentist for Mt. Sinai and Port Jefferson Residents

December 23, 2015

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I never forget a face”? When people make that remark, there is usually one facial characteristic that is more memorable than all the others: a person’s smile. If you want to make your smile one they can’t forget, then consider cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Scotto-Lavino. Conveniently located in Selden, NY, our office draws people from Mt. Sinai, Port Jefferson and beyond. We’ve helped many from the area achieve their smile goals and we’d be happy to do the same for you.
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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

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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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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.

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.

 

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!

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