4 Surprising Tips to Brighten Smiles this Thanksgiving

Although everyone’s smile is currently hidden behind a mask this holiday season, many dental patients are using this time to improve their dental health. Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, one of the Triangle’s most popular dentists, encourages his patients to set new routines and break bad habits during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The opportunity to work from home and reduce social events can often improve dental health in some surprising ways.

Dr. Saltzman and his staff at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry compiled these four tips for their patients:

  • Give up energy drinks: Tooth enamel is the body’s hardest substance. Yet even tooth enamel cannot withstand being washed with sports and energy drinks. Although they might appear less damaging than sugary sodas, their acidity erodes tooth enamel. Saliva in a healthy mouth has a neutral pH, 6.8 or 7. The most popular sports drinks and energy drinks are all highly acidic with pH levels between 1.5 and 3.3. Water still is the best drink for dental health.
  • Encourage fresh breath: One unpleasant surprise of wearing a mask for many people has been the smell of their own breath. Bad breath can be caused by many things, including poor brushing habits, gum disease, underlying medical conditions, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco, low-carb diets, drinking coffee, eating garlic, and even drinking alcohol. Keeping teeth and gums clean by frequent brushing and flossing and use of a mouthwash can go a long way to preventing bad breath. Consider altering your diet to discover if that is the source of bad breath.
  • Keep regular dental appointments: Saltzman’s office has implemented routine Covid-19 prevention measures to keep patients and staff safe. There is no reason to postpone regular visits because of the virus outbreak. In fact, remote work may allow patients the flexibility to finally schedule delayed treatments that require extra time or more frequent visits.
  • Use this pandemic to build new habits: Since so much of daily life has been altered by Covid-19, smart patients will use this time to create new habits. Working from home makes it easier to brush teeth after every meal. Use online shopping options to make sure supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss come directly to the house. Also, stock the pantry and refrigerator with healthy snacks that also are good for teeth: carrots, apples, green vegetables, dairy products, and nuts. 

Want more tips for improving dental health during the Covid-19 restrictions? Set up an appointment with E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. He is accepting new patients and enjoys educating patients about the best ways to keep their smiles bright and healthy.


This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


919 380 9311


202 Town Village Drive

Cary, NC 27513

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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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