Four Dental Flossing Tips that Work

There has been a lot of news across the United States and Europe about flossing and brushing since the beginning of COVID. We are home more, and we should brush and floss more. Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC wants to set the record straight. Although most Triangle residents brush their teeth at least twice a day, as Dr. Saltzman and other dentists recommend; yet many people find it harder to commit to daily flossing.

E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has compiled a shortlist of important tips to help patients develop and maintain the important habit of proper flossing that will keep teeth healthy and support the prevention of cavities and gum disease.

Dr. Saltzman offers four important tips that focus on flossing as an important part of personal dental care: 

  • Floss at least twice every single day: Brushing alone cannot remove all the bacteria between the teeth. Flossing should be done before brushing in the morning or evening. If possible, it is a great idea to floss after every meal. The most important aspect of flossing is to make it a habit.
  • Floss in an effective manner: Use the correct amount of floss to make the process simple and more successful. Make sure it is long enough, wrap a portion of it around the middle finger of one hand and the remainder around the other middle finger. Glide the floss slowly between each tooth with a back-and-forth and up and down motion.
  • Be careful of the gumsDo not force floss down between the teeth or snap it into place. Floss can cut into the gums, causing bleeding and tenderness.
  • Try different floss products: Many patients find that waxed floss is the simplest to use. Others prefer a dental pick or threaded flosser. Ask Dr. Saltzman about the options and the differences for healthy teeth and gums.

It is important to get into the habit of daily flossing. Ask E. Scott Saltzman DMD at your next appointment for any suggestions to make healthy flossing an important part of your dental hygiene routine. Dr. Saltzman will help explain why flossing is vital for dental health. If it’s time for a cleaning, call our office in Cary, NC just off Waldo Rood Blvd. between Davis Drive and SW Cary Parkway. Our professional and friendly staff is waiting for the call.  

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4 Important Ways that Support Dental Health from E. Scott Saltzman DMD

What we eat has a major effect on dental health. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry want all Triangle patients to know that reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease involves simple dieting tips which translate into excellent smiles. All of us know that sugar and candy should not be a large part of any diet. Knowing what to eat and drink as a food foundation goes a long way in dental health and longevity.

Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry shares four very important ways to help improve dental health in the Triangle:

  • Water:  Water is the foundation of any health strategy. The simple act of drinking water really does promote all areas of health, including dental health. Sugary sodas and sweetened tea or coffee provide the breeding ground for bacteria that can help destroy tooth enamel and create cavities. Water is the answer.
  • Calcium-rich foods: Calcium is an important mineral that strengthens both teeth and bones. Adults ideally need about 1,000 mg of calcium every day; women over 50 need about 1,200 mg daily. Dairy products are usually low in sugar and add calcium to the diet. Some milk alternatives, such as soy, almond, or rice milk, have calcium added to the ingredients. Additionally, dark green vegetables, salmon, and almonds also provide dietary calcium.
  • Lean proteins: Phosphorus also works with calcium to build teeth. The enamel, the outside layer of a tooth, is the hardest and strongest substance in the human body. To keep tooth enamel intact and strong, a healthy dental diet should include phosphorus-rich foods such as lean meats, fish, poultry, and eggs.
  • Vegetables and fruitsVegetables and fruits play multiple roles in oral health. First, the chewing action needed to eat a carrot, or an apple, increases saliva production, which helps wash away the acids that damage teeth. These foods also provide a natural source of water and fiber and add no sugar.

Scott Saltzman DMD will always provide his patients with the information needed to maintain the best possible dental health. Families and new patients looking for a dentist in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Morrisville, and Apex, call our dentist office in Cary, NC, today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saltzman. He will be happy to share even more information about caring for your smile!

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4 Summer Dental Priorities from Saltzman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s Summer across Cary NC and the Triangle, and patients of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are confident of getting the latest technology available in dental treatment. Our patients also appreciate Dr. Saltzman’s continuous improvement of preventive dental care.

Dental health is the number one priority for E. Scott Saltzman DMD and his more than 30 years of experience gives every patient the best care possible. From teaching youngsters the proper way to brush to helping adults combat gum diseases; our skilled and experienced dental team in Cary works with a wide variety of patients to prevent and solve every dental problem.

Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry share four important priorities for a lifetime of excellent dental health:

  • Oral hygiene: There is a right way to brush your teeth. Sometimes everyone needs a reminder about the best way to prevent cavities and gum disease. Although daily brushing and flossing prevent many problems, plaque can build up in areas that flossing and brushing cannot reach. Regular professional cleanings at Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry will remove that hard-to-reach plaque and keep teeth healthy and happy.
  • Children’s care: Children who learn at a young age about how important their smile is and how to care for their teeth, will keep those ideas and skills for an entire lifetime. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry focuses on preventive care for youngsters at the earliest ages. The office uses the latest in dental sealant technology to protect children’s teeth and provides youngsters with instructions on the best way to clean teeth and gums.
  • Periodontal maintenance: Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life by periodontal disease, which affects the gums. In fact, more teeth are lost to gum disease in many cases, than from cavities in individuals older than 35. Daily brushing and flossing, plus regular professional cleanings and exams with Dr. Saltzman, are crucial to preventing periodontal disease. 
  • Dental specialtiesWith more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Saltzman brings a wealth of knowledge to his patients and the expertise to treat many conditions. However, when a patient needs to see a specialist, our offices provide references across the Triangle and beyond.

We want to make sure that every person in Cary, Apex, and the Triangle region gets the highest quality dental health care. The office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is currently accepting new patients. Please contact our dental office at 919 380 9311. We are located in Cary, NC

We are the dental practice that keeps your smile bright and healthy in the Triangle!

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5 Essential Tools for the Summer Dental Health

The healthiest teeth this summer are the ones cared for between visits. A “toolkit” for dental health requires a little bit of planning, but each tool plays a key role in protecting teeth and gums from disease. E. Scott Saltzman, DMD, makes sure that every Triangle patient understands the basics of 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: The number one dental tool is the toothbrush. Both the classic and the electric can do the proper job of cleaning teeth. Dr. Saltzman recommends soft brushes as these are less likely to damage teeth, enamel, and gums. Brushes should be replaced at least every three months.
  • String floss or interdental picks: Whether waxed or unwaxed, string floss effectively removes plaque from teeth when consistently used. Dental picks are also good for many patients as well. Teeth should be flossed at least once every 24 hours, but twice a day or more is ideal.
  • Water flosser: Water irrigation shoots 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.
  • Mouthwash: Bacteria is the enemy of both teeth and gums. Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day kills the bacteria before it can do damage. Mouthwash is a great preventative measure that also cleans the tongue and entire interior of the mouth; something not possible with brushing and flossing alone.
  • Toothpaste: There are many choices of toothpaste on the market today. 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 that is liked the best.

Regular dental cleanings and exams are all part of the Dr. Saltzman tool kit for great dental health as well. 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. Enjoy the summer!

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5 Interesting Facts About Summer Foods and Dental Health

Summer is around the corner! It is the time we put hot dogs, burgers, and sausages on the grill as we add potato salad and chips to the outdoor diet. Most Triangle residents already know that these foods are not fantastic for our health, but they are not good for our teeth either. Sugar is an ingredient in many summer foods including egg salad and more. 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 on how to maintain the best dental health.

  1. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry compiled these five important summer season facts to know about sugar and dental health:
  • Summer 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 digest 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 summer 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: There are not many teeth brushing outdoors, yet the less time sugar spends in the mouth, the less damage it can do. It’s better to drink a soda quickly than to sip on it for hours.
  • 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 rinse with plain water, after consuming sugary side dishes 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 in the summer 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 summer? 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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4 Vital Facts about Dry Mouth and Dental Health in Cary NC

The human body offers amazing ways to maintain physical health. One of its simple methods for cleaning teeth is washing them with saliva.  This natural moisture helps neutralize acids, washes away food particles and reduces the growth of bacteria. Unfortunately, age, illness and medications can reduce the mouth’s ability to create natural moisture.

Dental patients of Dr. E. Scott Saltzman in the Raleigh Triangle often ask what they can do to ease dry mouth and prevent its damage to their teeth.

Dr. Saltzman provides four key facts about dry mouth and dental health:

  • Symptoms: Dry mouth can present in many ways, including a reduced ability to taste food, sore throat, difficulty speaking or chewing, and bad breath. Some people may notice the dryness in their mouth or that their saliva feels thick or stringy.
  • Causes: Many medications, both over the counter and prescription, can cause dry mouth. Also, health conditions including diabetes, stroke and autoimmune diseases often result in decreased saliva. It’s also natural to produce less saliva as people age. Both snoring and mouth-breathing play a part.
  • Dental health: With the important role that saliva has in keeping the mouth clean, it’s obvious that anyone with dry mouth is at a greater risk for cavities. But the condition also contributes to gum disease and leaves the patient at risk for mouth infections. Home dental care becomes even more important for those with dry mouth.
  • Treatments: Although drinking water doesn’t cure dry mouth, it can ensure proper hydration and provide rinsing action for teeth and gums. Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free hard candies is also recommended. Patients with dry mouth should switch from an alcohol-based mouth rinse to one without alcohol. An over-the-counter saliva substitute can provide relief for some patients. Finally, if medication is the cause, speak to your doctor about a change in the prescription. 

Are you experiencing dry mouth? Contact E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to make an appointment and discuss treatment options with Dr. Saltzman. He treats all ages and is accepting new patients.

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5 Simple Tips for Selecting a New Toothbrush

The people of the world have been cleaning their teeth for centuries. Over the centuries, we have used sticks with frayed ends, rough fabric, or crude brushes made from animal hair. In 2021, we are lucky to have a wide array of toothbrushes to select, but that variety also can also be confusing. In the Triangle, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman wants to reduce some of that confusion by presenting an easy guide to selecting a new brush.

Here are five simple tips to remember when buying a new toothbrush:

  • Replace every 3 months: Even though patients leave Dr. Saltzman’s office with a new brush after each cleaning, that brush isn’t intended to last for six months. When bristles become frayed or worn, usually after about three months, it’s time to replace the brush.
  • Soft bristles: Saltzman recommends softer bristles. Harder bristles don’t clean any better and can irritate gums and even damage enamel when paired with an abrasive toothpaste.
  • Smaller size: The perfect toothbrush should clean just one or two teeth at a time. It should easily reach all tooth surfaces. It doesn’t matter whether the brush head is rectangular, oval, or tapered.
  • Comfortable to use: A toothbrush needs to feel comfortable is the mouth and be easily maneuvered to reach all tooth surfaces. Children benefit from small brush heads and larger handles.
  • Ask advice: Still, confused about which brush to choose? Ask Dr. Saltzman at the next appointment. His years of professional experience with all ages have given him abundant insight into how best to help his clients take great care of their teeth. 

Looking for a new dentist in the Triangle? E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are currently accepting new patients. Call today to schedule a convenient time for an exam.

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5 Fantastic Habits for Kids that Build Strong Teeth

New parents watch eagerly for their baby’s first tooth to make its appearance. Although baby teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent adult teeth, good habits children form when taking care of baby teeth create a strong foundation for lifelong dental health. In the Triangle, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman treats patients of all ages, from young children to seniors. His experience has shown him how beneficial it is for parents to help their children learn early about proper home care for teeth and gums.

Here are five fantastic dental care habits that Dr. Saltzman recommends parents foster in their children:

  • Start early: Tooth brushing isn’t just for permanent teeth. A baby’s gums should be wiped gently after each feeding with a soft wet gauze or cloth. This practice accustoms the child to daily tooth care. When baby teeth first erupt, parents need to use a soft toothbrush to gently clean the teeth twice a day.
  • No food at bedtime: Babies should finish their bottle before falling asleep, even if it is milk, formula or fruit juice. These liquids bathe the teeth with substances that feed decay-causing bacteria. Older children should not eat or drink anything but water after brushing their teeth before bed.
  • Independent brushing: At around age six, children can begin brushing their own teeth. Parents need to monitor their children to make sure they brush all tooth surfaces and that they spend at least two minutes on the task. Children should learn to spit out toothpaste, not swallow it.
  • Build morning and bedtime routines: Just as adults wouldn’t dream of leaving the house in the morning or going to bed without brushing their teeth, children can develop these same habits early. Parents can build in these routines as part of getting ready each day and as a nightly ritual.
  • Regular dental visits: Saltzman and his staff are experienced at treating the youngest dental patients. Early regular checkups allow children to build trust in dental professionals, preventing the fear that keeps many people away from the dental office. 

Is your child ready for their first dental visit? Call our office today to schedule an appointment at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. We love seeing children and Dr. Saltzman will make sure that the first dental visit is stress-free for everyone involved.

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5 Important Reasons to Switch to an Electric Toothbrush

Some Triangle residents probably started the New Year using an unusual Christmas gift: an electric toothbrush. It took them only a few brushings to discover what many dental professionals already know; the electric toothbrush is a great way to improve dental health.  Dr. E. Scott Saltzman is eager to see the improvement in teeth and gums that these devices provide his patients. Some patients always will prefer a manual brush, but for those considering investing in an electric toothbrush, Dr. Saltzman has compiled a list of their top benefits.

Consider these five benefits when deciding whether to buy an electric toothbrush:

  • Two-minute rule: An electric toothbrush does an effective job in just two minutes. Some electric toothbrushes alert the user when they have reached two minutes, ensuring they have brushed long enough. Dr. Saltzman advises patients to devote a half-minute to each quadrant of the mouth for complete cleaning.
  • More effective cleaning: Rotating heads on electric brushes reach areas that manual brushes cannot, including between the teeth. The brush’s motion and pressure give equal cleaning to all tooth surfaces, something that is difficult to accomplish with a manual brush. A recently published study determined electric toothbrush use results in healthier gums and less tooth decay compared to manual brushing.
  • Good for the gums: Instructions with electric toothbrushes tell the user to angle the brush at 45 degrees to tooth and gum. At this angle, the brush cleans the teeth and the gum line, which helps prevent gum disease.
  • Easy to use: A family can share one electric base. Each person has their own brush head, which should be replaced every three months, just as with a manual toothbrush. The brush’s action does the work. Children and the elderly find the large handle easier to hold and move than a manual brush.
  • Controls bad breath: Oral bacteria is one of the causes of bad breath. Effective brushing removes the food that gets lodged between teeth and gums. Some electric brushes have sensitive settings that can be used for cleaning the tongue and roof of the mouth, further adding to a clean, fresh mouth.

 Call our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment. 919 380 9311.

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3 Common Dental Conditions Creating Holiday Headaches

One very famous Christmas song has lyrics that include the line: “It’s the hap-happiest time of the year.” And although that is mostly true, some people find Christmas creates unwanted stress and headaches that go along with that stress. Add the stress of COVID-19, and this is a season like no other in our lifetime.

Dr. E. Scott Saltzman wants his patients in the Triangle to know that sometimes headaches are the result of treatable dental issues. With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, Dr. Saltzman, and his staff at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry want all their patients to have a stress- and pain-free “happiest time of the year.”

Saltzman Dentistry offers three common dental conditions that might cause headaches:

  • Teeth grinding: The official name for teeth grinding is bruxism. People generally aren’t aware they are grinding their teeth because it happens during sleep. This involuntary action, possibly triggered by stress, damages teeth, and often causes jaw, neck, or head pain. When Dr. Saltzman sees evidence of teeth grinding, he helps his patients find the right treatment to alleviate the problem.
  • Misaligned bite: Called malocclusion, bite misalignment is a condition in which teeth don’t meet properly. Malocclusion makes the jaw work harder to bite and chew, causing stress and headaches. Treatment for this dental condition may include retainers, metal braces, clear aligners or oral surgery. Any patient experiencing regular headaches should ask Dr. Saltzman if their teeth could be the source of their pain.
  • Tooth decay: Although it seems obvious that a cavity will make a tooth hurt, the pain can be transferred elsewhere, sometimes as a painful migraine. A migraine that seems to be stress-related may instead be a result of tooth decay or gum disease. Patients are often pleasantly surprised when their headaches stop after receiving dental treatment for oral health issues. 

Don’t let the holidays cause you stress. Call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today if there is a suspicion of dental problems and recurring headaches. Dr. Saltzman welcomes new patients and treats all ages, including children.

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