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.

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5 Important Characteristics of a Great Dental Practice

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Sometimes it can be more difficult to choose a new dentist than a new doctor. When asked about what patients want in a dentist, they mention multiple factors, not just whether the dentist accepts their insurance. Unfortunately, many people fear going to the dentist, so finding someone they trust ranks very high on their list of requirements. With his many years of experience, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman has built a practice that builds on key factors valued by patients. Many Triangle residents already know they can trust Dr. Saltzman and his staff to meet their various dental needs.

Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC, offers five important characteristics to consider when selecting a new dentist:

  • Consider the entire team: Modern dental care is the product of a team of professionals. In this case, Dr. Saltzman is the team leader, but assistants, hygienists and administrative staff all play a role in the patient experience. In the best practices, every team member has a crucial role to play.
  • Good listening skills: Great dentists and their staff members strive to actively listen to their patients’ concerns. A fearful patient finds that a dentist who listens carefully can provide strategies and treatments to reduce the fear. For example, Dr. Saltzman never rushes patients to schedule treatments when they are not ready; he listens.
  • Willing to educate: Educating patients is critical for a successful dentist-patient relationship. Home dental care is crucial to maintaining teeth and gums between visits. Learning better brushing and flossing habits can make a huge improvement in dental health. Doctor Saltzman and his team are experts at showing patients of all ages how to take great care of their teeth.
  • Respect: Saltzman stays on schedule and shows respect for a patient’s time and schedule. Plus, in Cary, our great administrative staff will let patients know in advance how long they should allow for an appointment.
  • Cares about patients: Our team takes the time to get to know their patients. We want to establish long-term relationships and see our patients through many years of care. Over time, changes in medical conditions can affect both teeth and gums. We review each patient’s history at each visit to assess what has changed, in order to provide the optimal level of care. 

Are you new to North Carolina and the Triangle region? Find out what others have discovered about the superb dental care at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Call us today to set up an appointment. We treat all ages and currently we are accepting new patients.

Be safe and Happy Halloween!
 

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4 Essential Recommendations from Doctor Saltzman in Cary NC


Our dental hygienists at our office, know more about their patients’ teeth-cleaning habits than most people suspect. They can tell who is flossing regularly and if brushing habits are working. In the Triangle office of Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, our hygienists are often the ones who remind patients about the best way to care for their teeth. Dr. Saltzman’s staff takes seriously the job of educating patients about the proper and best way to care for teeth and gum. They are always happy to answer patients’ questions.

Here are four essential recommendations that our hygienists at Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry want all of our patients to know:

  • Brush all tooth surfaces: The most visible part of any smile are the upper front teeth. Those are the ones featured in photographs and the ones everyone wants them pearly white. Yet, every part of a tooth — front, back and the chewing surfaces —needs “toothbrush time” at least twice a day. It’s not unknown for some patients to brush only the outside surfaces. Every tooth needs an all-around cleaning experience.
  • Water flossers really work: Struggling to maneuver string floss between teeth makes some people give up on flossing. A better alternative is to invest in a water flosser. It not only can often do a better job at cleaning between teeth and around the gum line, it can stimulate better tone in the gums. This is especially important for people with gum disease. The water flosser can often reduce the “pockets” between gum and tooth where bacteria likes to hide.
  • Keep up the maintenance: Our hygienists aren’t nagging when they remind people about regular brushing and flossing. They are explaining. The basics of daily maintenance keep teeth in tip-top condition. Dental health is compromised when patients rely only on periodic professional cleanings without doing regular at-home care. It’s a little like maintaining a car; deferred maintenance can mean bigger problems and more expenses in the future.  
  • Brush teeth before the appointment: It is important to brush and floss before an appointment. If time is short, just request to use the office’s restroom and a complimentary brush. No one will mind; in fact, the out team will be thankful for the extra effort. 

Is it time for your dental cleaning? Take a few minutes and call the E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to set up a convenient appointment time. We are accepting new patients and treats all ages, so families can schedule both children and parents at the same time.

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4 Important Reasons for Crown Replacement in the Triangle

Dental crowns are very important, and they serve many functions. They provide improved biting and chewing, especially for patients with damaged teeth. If they are in the front, they give our patients back their dazzling smiles. Crowns also protect the natural tooth underneath, generally keeping it cavity-free. Because crowns last for many years, patients may wonder why they have to be replaced at all.

Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, the Triangle’s premier cosmetic dentist, can help patients understand what is going on beneath the crown and how that affects dental disease.

Here are four important reasons for crowns and crown replacement:  

  • Aesthetics: Old crowns may no longer match the color of natural teeth. Older crowns may appear opaque, lacking the translucence of natural teeth. Modern crowns are fashioned from a more durable porcelain that better match the look of natural teeth.
  • Decay: Although crown material will not decay, the natural tooth underneath is still vulnerable. This is a risk if the cement that bonds the crown to the natural tooth starts to wear away. Bacteria will collect under the crown, where the dentist cannot see it on a regular exam.
  • Damage: Dental crowns are intended to restore normal function to teeth. Used for biting and chewing, they are subject to normal wear and tear. Occasionally these actions can chip or damage a crown, making replacement necessary.
  • Receding gums: If gums are pulling away from a crown, this could be a sign of gum disease. Once gum disease is halted, the gums will not regrow to cover the exposed natural tooth below the crown. The patient should have the crown replaced up to the gum line to protect the natural tooth base and prevent bacteria from collecting under the crown.

Are you experiencing pain in the tooth under a crown or is it sensitive to heat or cold? Call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to find out if the crown needs to be replaced. With Covid-19 precautions in place, patients can rest assured that Dr. Saltzman and his staff are doing their utmost to keep everyone healthy.

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5 Common Foods and Drinks That Stain Tooth Enamel

Coffee and tea drinkers know their favorite beverages stain their teeth. However, many other drinks and food items also darken tooth enamel. Fortunately, with the advent of tooth whitening, much of that unwanted color can be removed. The Triangle’s trusted dentist, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, regularly helps patients brighten their smiles and eliminate those stains. Dr. Saltzman and his staff have provided a list of some the worst culprits for tooth discoloration.

Besides coffee and tea, these five also stain teeth:

  • Balsamic vinegar: It’s delicious combined with olive oil on a fresh salad, but the dark color of balsamic vinegar discolors teeth. It’s acidic content also is bad for tooth enamel. However, those effects are somewhat counteracted by the salad itself because eating lettuce builds a protective film on teeth.
  • Red wine: Just as it stains tablecloths, red wine does the same for teeth. Diners can alternate their drink with clear water to help wash away the red color.
  • Tomato sauces: As with balsamic vinegar, tomatoes contain acid, which harms tooth enamel. Their deep red color darkens teeth. Mixing tomatoes or tomato sauce with other non-acid foods, pasta for example, will reduce tooth exposure to both stains and acid erosion.
  • Curry: The deep golden color of curry spices clings to teeth. Rinsing out with plain water after a curry meal will help wash away that yellow tinge.
  • Beets: Just slice into a beet and watch the deep color stain a counter top. Imagine that same color soaking into tooth enamel. The advice for curry holds true for beets. Rinse with water after consuming beets to reduce staining.

Are you looking for a more beautiful white smile? Call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to get started on a brighter smile. The office has implemented the new Covid-19 precautions to keep staff and patients safe. Dr. Saltzman and his staff are back at work and ready to see new patients.

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4 Important Tips for Dental Patients with Braces

It isn’t just teenagers who wear braces anymore. With the advent of clear braces, even some Baby Boomers are opting for straighter teeth. Family and cosmetic dentist Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, coordinates with Triangle-area orthodontists to make sure his patients get the best possible dental care.

Orthodontists direct the straightening procedure while Dr. Saltzman and his staff keep teeth clean and cavity-free. Patients with braces have unique needs that make regular dental visits vital to the positive outcome of the orthodontic work.

Dr. Saltzman recommends patients adhere to the following four important practices to get the best possible results from Orthodontia:

  • Keep appointments: Both orthodontic and dental appointments need to stay on schedule. This is even more important with braces in place. Brackets and wires make it more challenging for at-home cleaning. A professional hygienist has the tools to eliminate any plaque that collects in difficult-to-clean areas.
  • Expand at-home care: Brushing and flossing twice a day should continue during orthodontic treatment, but this is a good time to improve the at-home dental tool kit. Electric toothbrushes can be helpful in cleaning around brackets and wire. A water flosser adds another level of hygiene than helps both teeth and gums stay healthy.
  • Be vigilant about food and drink: Gum, popcorn, sticky candy and sugary drinks are all forbidden for those with braces. They can break wires, dislodge brackets, and leave behind residue that feeds bacteria in the mouth, causing plaque.
  • Don’t chew pencils: In fact, don’t chew anything that isn’t food, including pen caps, fingernails or anything else that isn’t meant to be swallowed. Although brackets are affixed with strong adhesive, chewing on hard objects can misalignment. 

Don’t hesitate to call of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for any of your dental needs. Our friendly and professional staff will be happy to help schedule a convenient appointment for you. 

It is important to note that our team and our office follow the CDC Guidelines in everything we do. Stop by our website to see why we are one of the safest dental offices in North Carolina. 

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6 New Procedures Protecting Saltzman Dental Patients

Experienced Triangle Dentist Dr. E. Scott Saltzman has implemented a number of new protocols to keep patients and staff safe from Covid-19. On Monday, May 11th, 2020 the offices opened to well patients. Like many professional services, dental offices had been shut down for two months in North Carolina in the important effort to reduce the number of Coronavirus cases. Patients are now seeing  a variety of new procedures as they begin to Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.  

Dr. Saltzman has put in place several new procedures for patients and staff. Due to blog length, here are six very important changes:  

  • Staff health: All team members will check their temperatures prior to arriving for work. They will wear face masks, face shields, gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE).  
  • Reception area closed: To maintain social distancing protocol, the reception area will remain closed. Patients should stay in their vehicles and call the office upon arrival. They will be called back when our team member is ready for them.
  • Patient protection: Patients will have their temperatures taken prior to treatment. They also must sanitize their hands upon arrival, before using any pens to fill out paperwork, or using the restroom.
  • Surface disinfection: Throughout the day, team members will disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Doors will remain open in the inner office to reduce unnecessary touches.
  • Air purification: The lobby and each treatment room have been specially equipped with medical grade air purifying systems.
  • Travel or illness: Saltzman asks patients to report if they are experiencing a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing. Patients also need to report recent travel within the U.S. or outside the U.S. to certain countries, including Italy, South Korea, Iran and China.

These new procedures will help protect both the patient and the staff of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. 

Current patients of Dr. Saltzman who were scheduled for an appointment during the shutdown, will be  rescheduled by calling the office.  

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5 Tips for Dental Self-Care While Sheltering at Home

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered unprecedented orders to “shelter in place,” including right here in the North Carolina Triangle. Children are home from school while their parents either work from home or have no work until the shelter order ends. As with other businesses, dental offices have had to close as well, except for emergencies. In the Triangle, E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry will be closed until it is safe for patients and staff to return. However, Dr. Saltzman and his staff compiled several tips to help everyone practice the best home dental care possible.

Implement these five practices to maintain dental health when trips to the dentist are delayed:

  • Keep tools separate: Don’t handle others’ toothbrushes or floss containers. Provide each person with their own toothpaste and mouthwash. Anyone who exhibits symptoms of illness should use a separate bathroom from the family.
  • Wash hands: Saltzman recommends people wash their hands both before and after brushing and flossing. Chef, author and Food Network host Alton Brown made an entertaining and educational public service announcement about the effectiveness of hand washing and how it removes viruses.
  • Dental supplies: Make sure there’s enough toothpaste, floss and mouthwash available to last for the next few weeks. Maybe order a water flosser. Each person should have his or her own flosser tip and the machine should be kept clean.
  • Snacking: Flour has been disappearing from store shelves as people stay at home. Most likely, people are making comfort food, including sweets such as cookies, cakes, muffins and other baked goods. The sugar in those items creates a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Just add another round of tooth brushing after eating the snacks.
  • Diet choices: Teeth and bones need certain nutrients to stay strong. These include calcium and Vitamin D. Boost intake of calcium-rich foods (such as dairy products) and head outside for some exercise to absorb Vitamin D from the sun. Both teeth and gums benefit from the simple act of drinking sufficient water. Not only does the water help wash away food particles, sugar and bacteria, but it also keeps the body hydrated. Take advantage of this at-home time to eat foods and drink beverages to enhance dental healthy.

If you are a current patient of Dr. Saltzman and were scheduled for an appointment during the shutdown, you’ll be rescheduled when it’s safe to come into the office. In the meantime, visit us on Facebook.  If you have a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to call our office, E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Stay healthy, North Carolina.

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5 Health Concerns Revealed by Teeth and Gums

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5 Health Concerns Revealed by Our Teeth and Gums Here in the Triangle

When Dr. Saltzman does his oral examination, clues to other health concerns sometimes are evident. This is one reason he wants to know what medications a patient is taking, and what other health issues are present. This information might appear unconnected to dental health, but scientists continue to find new links between oral care and overall health. To keep his patients at optimal health, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, the Triangle’s trusted family and cosmetic dentist, compiled just a few of the health conditions he may suspect when patients come for a checkup.

These five health concerns often can be identified with a comprehensive dental exam:

  • Anemia: Anemia is a condition marked by a problem with red blood cells; there could be an insufficient number of cells or they could be lacking enough hemoglobin. Someone with anemia is not receiving enough oxygen. Anemia causes the gums to appear pale and may make the tongue swollen and smooth.
  • Heart disease: Researchers have yet to determine the exact reason heart disease and gum disease are linked. However, data shows that people with gum disease are about 20 percent more likely to have heart disease or stroke.
  • Eating disorders: Stomach acid eats away at tooth enamel. Eating disorders prompt some people to intentionally vomit up food they’ve just eaten. Other signs of the disorder include bad breath and swelling in the throat and mouth.
  • Diabetes: Bad breath and bleeding gums can be signs of undiagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes. Because diabetes increases the risk of gum disease, regular professional dental care is crucial to maintain dental health.
  • Osteoporosis: Annual dental x-rays might be the first clue that a patient is losing bone mass, a sign of osteoporosis. X-rays show not only the condition of teeth, but also the bones that hold the teeth in place.

Regular professional dental cleanings and a thorough at-home dental routine help keep both the mouth and the body at optimal health. If it’s time for an exam or cleaning, call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to make an appointment.

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4 Important Effects of Pregnancy on Dental Health


“Gain a child, lose a tooth” is an old wives’ tale that links pregnancy with tooth loss. As with many of these old beliefs, there may be a kernel of truth to it. The changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy can contribute to dental problems, but they don’t have to result in tooth loss. The best way to prevent any dental issues during pregnancy is to continue daily home care and keep current with professional cleanings.

Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, one of the Triangle’s most trusted family dentists, is an expert at making sure his patients get the best possible care during all phases of life, including pregnancy. The staff at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry created the following information to help expectant mothers understand the connection between pregnancy and dental health.

These are just four of the effects that pregnancy can cause:

  • Diabetes, prematurity: According to the American Dental Association, poor dental hygiene during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. Continuing to brush and floss at least twice a day is beneficial for both mother and baby.
  • Gum disease: Pregnancy brings changes to mouth chemistry, opening up a pathway for the development of plaque and gingivitis. Gums may bleed during brushing, feel tender and look red. This is normal for many expectant mothers, but it should not stop them from their daily dental home care.
  • Morning sickness: Morning sickness is a fact of life for most pregnant women. Stomach acids damage tooth enamel. The American Dental Association recommends rinsing the mouth immediately after throwing up and waiting 30 minutes before brushing.
  • Loose teeth: Pregnancy raises a woman’s levels of progesterone and estrogen, a change that relaxes the ligaments holding teeth in place. Teeth can actually loosen as a result, but they will return to normal after pregnancy.

Are you expecting a baby? A dental cleaning and exam are perfectly safe for pregnant women. Contact the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

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