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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Your Dentist in Selden, NY, has Solutions for Bruxism

January 28, 2016

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dentistHave you ever noticed that when you close your mouth naturally, your upper and lower teeth don’t touch? That’s because they’re only supposed to touch when you’re chewing. For people who grind and clench, however, their teeth meet in a way that can lead to unusual wear and tear, as well as a condition called TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder. When this happens, the consequences may not only be detrimental to your oral health but your daily well-being, too. Fortunately, Dr. Scotto-Lavino can treat teeth grinding and clenching—also called bruxism—with a custom nightguard.
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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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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