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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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 Little Smiles Safe with the Help of Children’s Dentistry

February 20, 2013

familyFor many children, the dentist’s office can be a truly terrifying place, filled with metal tools, scary noises, and plenty of unfamiliar faces. While it may not seem like a big deal to parents at first, these fears can have lasting consequences – after all, attending regular checkups with your local dentist is a crucial keystone of maintaining optimal oral health throughout one’s life. By instead making your child’s first experiences with oral health calming and fun, you can help establish them on a road towards beautiful, long-lasting teeth. That’s why many dentists offer children’s dentistry, a specialized focus of general dentistry that focuses primarily on your little one.

Children often struggle with brushing and flossing thoroughly enough to keep their teeth healthy. With children’s dentistry, your dentist can help your little one develop good habits and maintain them as they grow older. While exact ages will vary from practice to practice, your local dentist in Selden, NY prefers to have children come in for their first appointment when they’re five years old.

In addition to general check-ups and cleanings, dental sealants and fluoride treatments are also considered essential parts of children’s dentistry. Dental sealants are made from a clear, natural-looking plastic; when attached to your child’s teeth, they protect them from tooth decay, a common concern for kids who may still struggle with brushing and flossing correctly. Fluoride treatments help to strengthen enamel, which keeps your smile strong and healthy.

Our office in Selden, NY can provide gentle and friendly children’s dentistry to even your littlest loved ones, while saving you valuable time and effort by providing a variety of services for parents as well. In addition to Selden, we also serve Centereach, Port Jefferson, Farmingville, and surrounding communities in Long Island.


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