4 Key Reasons Triangle Residents Choose Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Choosing a new dentist can be difficult, but it doesn’t need to be. Patients in the Triangle area of North Carolina are fortunate to have Dr. E. Scott Saltzman and his professional and friendly staff conveniently located in Cary. Offering decades of experience, and the latest in dental technology, Dr. Saltzman (pictured right) provides his patients with the professional care they can trust in a pain-free atmosphere. Patients of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry have relied on his experience and knowledge for many years.

Here are four important reasons the Triangle chooses Dr. Saltzman:

  • Full service: Whether it’s routine cleanings, teeth whitening, or more major restorative work; Dr. Saltzman’s office provides a full range of dental services. In addition to regular cleanings, he can improve the appearance of teeth though bonding, porcelain veneers or whitening. Dr. Saltzman also designs occlusal guards to relieve jaw pain and headaches, and to help prevent damage caused from teeth grinding.
  • Experience: Saltzman brings a wealth of experience to his practice. He graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1986 and has been meeting the needs of Triangle patients for decades. He is committed to continuing education so that he can bring his patients the newest techniques in dental health and cosmetic dentistry.
  • Convenience: Located at 202 Towne Village Drive in Cary, near the Fresh Market, Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is within minutes of many areas of the Triangle, including Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park. Because the office serves all ages, families can arrange appointments for both adults and children that fit busy schedules.
  • Fantastic staff: The office staff and hygienists at Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry all share a commitment to removing any stress related to dental appointments. Front office staff will help with insurance questions and our oral hygienists share the latest recommendations about home dental care. 

Call our office today to join the many other Triangle residents who rely on  E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for the best in dental care. We welcome all questions about how we can serve you and your family’s dental needs.

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4 Key Habits to Keep Teeth and Gums Healthy in the Triangle

Triangle residents who observe four very important, yet basic habits of dental care are less likely to have problems with their teeth and gums. Dr. E. Scott Saltzman and his staff instruct patients in what they can do to keep their smiles healthy and bright. It really isn’t very difficult to stay on top of dental health. Patients, hygienists and Dr. Saltzman all work together to prevent disease and cavities.

  1. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry explains four key habits that give patients the best chance at maintaining healthy teeth:
  • Healthy Diet: What goes into the human body plays a huge role in dental health. Most people know that sugary snacks and drinks are bad for teeth because the sugar contributes to decay. It is important to note that there also are foods and beverages that support strong teeth. Dairy products, carrots, celery, leafy greens, and almonds provide vitamins that teeth need. Eating an apple actually can help clean teeth between brushings. Plain water helps wash away food residue from teeth.
  • Daily “smile” maintenance: It probably can’t be repeated often enough: brush and floss. Teeth should be brushed a minimum of twice a day because residue that remains on teeth for longer than 24 hours starts to harden and becomes more difficult to remove. Because a toothbrush cannot reach between teeth, flossing, with either dental floss or a water flosser, is another daily habit that prevents decay and gum disease.
  • Regular professional cleanings from Dr. Saltzman: Even with daily flossing and brushing, it’s difficult to prevent all instances of plaque and calculus build-up on the teeth. Only the professional equipment used by dentists and hygienists is capable of removing this hard substance. It’s important to keep to a regular cleaning schedule as determined by Dr. Saltzman. Some patients may need more frequent cleanings than others. 
  • Prompt corrective action: Delaying dental treatment is a bad idea. Tooth pain and discomfort generally don’t resolve themselves. A small cavity is much easier to fill than a larger one. Quick action can prevent tooth loss and gum disease.

Practice these four key habits to keep teeth and gums healthy for years. If it’s time for a cleaning or a complete dental exam, call the office of  E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to make an appointment. He is accepting new patients and treats all ages. The office is convenient from anywhere in the Triangle.

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5 Dental Concerns About Wisdom Teeth in the Triangle

Between the ages of 17 and 25, many people get a third set of molars. Called “wisdom teeth,” these teeth are supposed to emerge just in back of the other molars. But that doesn’t always happen. An impacted tooth is one that fails to erupt through the gums.  Dr. E. Scott Saltzman sees the problems that impacted wisdom teeth create for young adults in the Triangle. Often this happens because the jaw is too small to fit those four extra teeth. Dental x-rays will reveal whether wisdom teeth will be a problem as these patients enter adulthood.

  1. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry details five issues related to wisdom teeth:
  • Decay: Wisdom teeth that only partially erupt through the gums are difficult to clean and more at risk for decay. It’s important to practice good dental hygiene at home and keep regular cleaning appointments to prevent decay.
  • Damage to nearby teeth: Wisdom teeth often grow at odd angles, pushing into adjacent molars and causing crowding and misalignment. Infection can result. Orthodontic treatment may be required to straighten the affected teeth.
  • Gum disease risk: Any part of the mouth that is hard to keep clean is a breeding ground for bacteria that causes gum disease. With wisdom teeth sitting at the very back of the mouth, they are difficult to reach. A water flosser will help keep them clean.
  • Removal: Oral surgeons can remove impacted wisdom teeth before they begin growing at odd angles and affecting other teeth. Patients concerned about impacted wisdom teeth should consult with Dr. Saltzman about the advisability of having them removed.
  • Infection symptoms: Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected. Signs of such an infection include red or swollen gums, jaw pain, swelling around the jaw and difficulty opening the mouth. A dental professional should be consulted promptly if these symptoms are present.

Older teens and young adults should ask Dr. Saltzman about whether their wisdom teeth are likely to cause problems as they age. If you are overdue for a regular cleaning or complete exam, call the office of  E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to make an appointment.

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3 Healthy Reasons to Brighten Smiles in the Triangle

A bright smile just makes everyone feel better. In the Triangle, there is no better place to transform the appearance of a smile than at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Patients who avoided smiling and laughing because of damaged or discolored teeth now beam with confidence after visiting our office.

Dr. Saltzman provides the essential dentistry skill, but also offers several ways to give patients brighter and healthy-looking smiles. More and more patients are taking advantage of cosmetic dentistry to improve both the look and function of their teeth. In surveys of patients, teeth whitening was the most frequently requested procedure.

Dr. Saltzman offers three very healthy reasons to improve the appearance of teeth:  

  • Simplicity: Many patients need to whiten stained or discolored teeth. The process involves wearing a customized tray filled with whitening solution each night until the desired color is achieved. Some people have naturally darker teeth while others experience staining from beverages and food. Whitening products can irritate gums and teeth, so it’s important to have the custom tray provided by Dr. Saltzman.
  • Appearance: It is a human trait; everyone wants to look good in photos. The advent of smartphone cameras makes everyone a photographer. Social media means there are unlimited opportunities to be seen. A great smile improves every image, from school and family reunions to driver’s license pictures.
  • Functionality: Sometimes a nice smile is hampered by broken or damaged teeth. Dr. Saltzman provides a range of treatments for these conditions, including veneers, crowns and implants. Broken teeth affect how people bite and chew. Restoring teeth to their proper shape improves the patient’s daily life and benefits the smile.

Please do not delay brightening the most personal message anyone has to offer, the human smile. Make an appointment with E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to find out how easy it is to enhance the appearance and functionality of teeth.

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5 Ways the Human Body Benefits from Dental Health

Great dental health is about more than clean teeth and avoiding cavities. The human body actually benefits in many ways when people are conscientious about taking care of their teeth and gums. Dr. E. Scott Saltzman sees the rewards every day here in the Triangle when patients follow treatment plans and commit to regular cleanings and daily home care. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry wants to share with patients the great advantages of good dental health.

Here are five ways that good dental hygiene contributes to well-being and overall good health:

  • Heart health: Researchers are exploring whether bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause other problems. In particular, one specific bacteria develops a surface molecule that can cause blood-clotting, raising the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Respiratory health: Respiratory problems may be linked to poor dental hygiene. One study showed that gum disease could increase the risk of pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Healthy babies: Pregnant women with untreated gum disease are more likely to give birth prematurely or to low-birth weight babies. Regular professional cleanings and good home care contribute to healthy babies.
  • Fresh breath: No one wants to have bad breath. Keeping the mouth and gums clean helps prevent bacteria from collecting and creating a foul mouth odor.
  • Weight control: It might seem like a small thing, but brushing after every meal makes snacking less appealing. That feeling of a fresh, clean mouth is an encouragement to stay away from sticky sweet snacks. Some weight loss programs suggest brushing right after eating as a disincentive to snacking.

Regular professional cleanings and exams are necessary to keep teeth and gums at optimal health. Call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Dr. Saltzman treats all ages and welcomes new patients.

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4 Smart Suggestions for Developing Great Dental Habits in 2018

It’s deep into January across the Triangle; more people are exercising and watching their diets, as they put positive New Year’s resolutions to work. Along with the focus on weight and fitness, the new year also is a perfect time to commit to better dental health habits.

Dr. E. Scott Saltzman wants his patients to have the best and most beautiful smiles in North Carolina. Patients do their part when they brush, floss and eat right every day. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is committed to educating patients on the best ways to care for their smiles. Our team offers four simple ways to develop a regular routine and keep teeth free of plaque between appointments.

These four suggestions from E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are a great start to better dental hygiene this year:

  • Start small: Dentists know that flossing makes a world of difference to dental health, yet many people still resist the daily flossing habit. A good suggestion is to break the goal into smaller bits, such as resolving to floss just once a day. That’s a goal anyone can achieve and likely will expand to include all the teeth.
  • Smartphone reminders: Smartphones have become all-purpose devices, including scheduling and remembering appointments. Anyone with a smartphone can schedule a daily alert for reminders to floss and brush.
  • Make it simple: Patients with braces quickly get accustomed to brushing after every meal. But there’s no reason everyone without braces cannot do the same. Small travel toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes fit into bags, briefcases or lunch totes. Some people keep a box of floss handy when they watch TV.
  • Rewards work: In elementary school, teachers use paper stars and stickers to mark students’ achievements. These visual rewards provide feedback that inspires students to keep up the good work. Adults can use the same method when building new habits, perhaps rewarding themselves with an activity or a special dessert when they’ve completed a month of daily flossing or brushing after every meal.

Developing great dental routines pays benefits in both oral and general health. Keep your promises to positive dental health, and make sure to get that appointment for cleaning scheduled with E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. The office treats patients of all ages and is accepting new patients. Cary, Apex, Morrisville, and the entire Triangle are welcome to call!

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5 Tips for Better Dental Health During the Holiday Season

Christmas decorations abound across the Triangle this month, making joyous and colorful displays. Just as colorful are the wonderful holiday treats set out in homes and offices throughout Raleigh, Durham and Cary. Yet everyone knows that sugary foods and even winter weather can undermine dental health.  Dr. E. Scott Saltzman has five important tips to help patients avoid dental problems during the holidays.  

These five tips from E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provide a basis for keeping teeth clean and gums healthy into the New Year 2018:

  • Snacks: It’s hard to avoid sugar-laden foods during the holidays. From tree-shaped Christmas cookies to fudge and fruitcake, it seems that sugar is around every corner. Any food that takes a long time to dissolve, such as candy canes, will do more damage to teeth. Dark chocolate is a good substitute as it contains less sugar and dissolves quickly. Moderation is key.
  • Drinks: Hot apple cider, eggnog and hot chocolate all have large amounts of sugar. Using a straw to drink these beverages is recommended. Also, drinking plain water afterward reduces the sugary residue left behind.
  • Stress and pain: It’s normal to feel stressed during the holidays. Some people experience stress as jaw pain, a result of teeth-clenching. Physical exercise, yoga and relaxation techniques help many people release the tension brought on by planning meals, shopping and all the other holiday activities.
  • Weather effects: The Triangle’s freezing winter temperatures can make sensitive teeth ache. Those with sensitive teeth should bundle up and possibly cover their mouths with a scarf before heading outside. Heated buildings and cold outdoor air reduce relative humidity, often leading to dehydration and dry mouth, which increases the chance of cavities. Therefore, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Keep brushing and flossing: With shopping, travel, holiday parties and entertainment, it’s easy to fall behind on daily dental hygiene. Unfortunately, skipping regular flossing and brushing is an invitation to cavities and gum problems. Keeping an extra toothbrush, toothpaste and floss in a purse or bag makes it easy to brush anywhere. Chewing sugar free gum also can help fight cavities and freshen breath when it isn’t possible to brush.

 

Don’t let the holidays affect your dental routine. And if it’s time for a check-up, call the office of  E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today for an appointment. He welcomes new patients and treats all ages.

From our team to everyone across the Triangle, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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5 Major Facts About Holiday Sweets and Dental Health

Thanksgiving is around the corner! It is the time we put on that holiday weight with rich food, cookies and candies! Most Triangle residents already know that sugar isn’t good for their teeth, but they may not understand exactly why. Once our patients learn how sugar consumption affects dental health, they can develop positive habits that contribute to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Dr. E. Scott Saltzman and his staff at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary always work to educate patients in how to maintain the best dental health.

  1. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry compiled these five important holiday season facts to know about sugar and dental health:
  • Holiday food sources: Sugar doesn’t directly cause tooth decay. What sugar provides is a food source for bacteria that lives in the mouth. As the bacteria digests the sugar left on the teeth, an acid is created. The acid, mixed with saliva, builds plaque, the hard residue that eventually erodes tooth enamel, leading to cavities.
  • Carbonated drinks: Beverages that pair sugar and carbonation can double the harm to tooth enamel. First, they leave behind a film of sugar for that ever-present bacteria; then they attack the teeth with phosphoric acid, which is added to many sodas as a preservative and taste enhancer.
  • Length of exposure: The less time sugar spends in the mouth, the less damage it can do. It’s actually better to drink a soda quickly than to sip on it for hours. Hard sugary candy that dissolves slowly is more damaging than a quick sweet treat.
  • Brushing frequency: Tooth brushing is the first step to stopping the sugar’s attack on teeth. A good dental health habit is to brush, or at least rinse with plain water, after consuming sugary snacks or sweetened drinks. The key is to remove the bacteria’s food source, sugar.
  • Questionable nutrients: Finally, the last way sugar undermines dental health is by taking the place of other better nutrients. People who consume lots of soda are less likely to drink water and milk, which both contribute to dental health. Sugary foods add little to no beneficial nutrients to the diet. Cutting back on them will leave room for vegetables, fruits, dairy products and fish, all of which contribute to stronger teeth.

Wondering what you can do to prevent cavities this Holiday Season? Ask Dr. Saltzman or a member of his staff at the next appointment. Schedule a check-up today; call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.  

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5 Essential Tools for Triangle Dental Health

Having the correct tools available makes every home project simple and easy. It’s no different with dental care.  A toolkit for dental health requires just a few items, but each one has a key role in protecting teeth and gums from disease. Cary NC-based DMD, E. Scott Saltzman makes sure that every Triangle patient understands home dental care. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry’s webpage even includes a thorough explanation of how to brush, floss and rinse.

Dental patients in the Triangle need to understand five important facts:

  • Toothbrush: Both manual and electric toothbrushes can do a proper job of cleaning teeth. Dr. Saltzman recommends soft bristle brushes as these are less likely to damage teeth enamel and gums. Brushes should be replaced at least every three months.
  • String floss or dental tape: Whether waxed or unwaxed, string floss effectively removes plaque from teeth when used consistently. Dental tape is recommended for those with wider than normal spaces between teeth. Teeth should be flossed at least once every 24 hours, but twice a day is ideal.
  • Water flosser: Water irrigators shoot a strong stream of water between teeth and at the gum line. Patients with gum disease have achieved significant improvement with daily use of a water flosser. Many patients find them easier to use than string floss, but it’s best to use both for maximum dental health.
  • Mouthwash: Bacteria are the enemies of teeth and gums. Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day kills the bacteria before they can do damage to teeth and gums. Mouthwash is a final preventative measure that also cleans the tongue and entire interior of the mouth; something not possible with brushing and flossing alone.
  • Toothpaste: With so many choices of toothpaste on the market, patients may be confused about which one is best. Dr. Saltzman recommends choosing one containing fluoride. Some products are designed for those with sensitive teeth and others include whitening agents. The best one is the brand used all of the time.

Regular dental cleanings and exams are part of the Triangle tool kit for great dental health. If it’s been more than six months since the last cleaning, call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today.

Our office in Cary is accepting new patients.

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5 Important Facts About Dental Crowns, from Saltzman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary

No one should ever leave our dental office with tooth restorations that look unnatural. Cary-based dentist Dr. E. Scott Saltzman puts it this way about his practice: “Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like natural teeth.”

One of the ways E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry accomplishes that goal is through the use of porcelain crowns. There are many advantages to porcelain crowns, including strength, appearance and function.

Patients considering crowns in Cary and the Triangle need to understand these five important facts:

  • Certain situations require crowns: Crowns are reserved for the most serious situations, in which teeth are badly broken or diseased. Many less serious tooth problems can be solved with bonding procedures, fillings or veneers.
  • Crowns are long-term solutions: Crowns can last 20 to 30 years, which is as close to a permanent solution as possible in dentistry. This is two to three times longer than fillings typically last.
  • Strength and functionality: Porcelain is remarkable strong. Crowns can effectively replace the strength and function of natural teeth, making them a logical treatment for severe disease or damage. In certain circumstances, porcelain is bonded with gold to provide even more durability and strength
  • Completely natural appearance: Today’s crowns are crafted to match the color and contour of the original tooth. A crown fits over the entire surface of the natural tooth, blending perfectly with adjacent teeth.
  • The crown process itself: Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to the dentist, the first visit to remove decay, shape the tooth, take impressions, select a shade and fit it with a temporary plastic crown. On the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, the crown is cemented to the underlying natural tooth.

Dr. Saltzman wants all his Triangle patients to have beautiful smiles and great dental health. We believe that patients should never have the need to put off getting or replacing a crown. Please contact the friendly staff at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to set up an appointment. A new smile can make the difference in life and career!

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