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.

Please note that, at the present time, our offices are closed until further notice. This is due to the Coronavirus and its impact on society. Please stay well and check our Facebook Page for further information!

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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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4 Surefire Ways to a Beautiful Smile in 2020


It’s late January in the Triangle, but it’s not too late to commit to some dental health resolutions for 2020. Along with getting fit and eating better, a more beautiful smile can be a New Year’s goal. As a practicing family and cosmetic dentist, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman has all the tools to help his patients achieve a beautiful smile before New Year’s 2021. To help Triangle residents start the year off right, the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry compiled an easy-to-remember list of dental tips for 2020.

These four suggestions are easy to implement and will deliver a brighter smile in 2020:

  • Build good habits: Good dental health begins with at-home care. Hygienists need less time to clean off plaque when patients prevent it from building up in the first place. With smartphone reminders, there’s no excuse to forget to brush and floss at least twice a day. Maybe it’s time to start packing a travel toothbrush and a package of floss whenever leaving the house.
  • Go for the crunch: Certain foods are good for teeth and can even help clean them between brushings. Vegetables and fruits that require a lot of chewing to break down the fibers create saliva, which helps wash teeth. Examples of tooth-friendly foods include raw carrots, cucumbers, apples and pears.
  • Power up: Electric toothbrushes are growing in popularity, partly because many people find them easier and more effective at cleaning their teeth. Newer “sonic” brushes provide even more strokes per minute than traditional electric brushes. And for those who just can’t work with string floss, electric water flossers do a great job of cleaning between teeth and at the gumline.
  • Whitening: It’s no surprise that teeth-whitening has grown in popularity. No longer just for movie stars, professional whitening procedures have given many adult Americans smiles they’ve always wanted. Once teeth are getting their daily maintenance through a good diet and regular cleanings, it’s time to talk to a dental professional such as Dr. Saltzman about brightening up that smile.

Start the year off right by making sure you have an 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.

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4 Sweet Reasons for Extra Dental Care during the Holidays


Who doesn’t love a sugar cookie in the shape of a snowman or a glass of hot cider? Holidays in the Triangle mean bracing cold weather, bright colorful lights and lots of extra treats to eat and drink. Even though the task seems daunting, there are ways to maintain great dental health during the holidays. The office of E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary created this short list of holiday treats and tips for maintaining great dental health.

Dr. Saltzman offers four reasons to pay extra attention to dental health during the holiday season:

  • Candy: Whether it’s a classic peppermint candy cane, delicious fudge or a box of assorted chocolates, candy is everywhere this month. Most patients already know that anything loaded with sugar plays havoc with good dental health. One strategy to both enjoy the candy and maintain a heathy mouth is to save those treats for times when a toothbrush will be handy or take a sample home to enjoy later.
  • Sweet drinks: Cider, hot cocoa with marshmallows, punch, mixed drinks and even eggnog all contain sugar that will remain on teeth, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and development of plaque. Rinsing the mouth with plain water will help remove some of the sweet residue. Better yet, use those moments to get in an extra brush and floss.
  • Gift baskets: A basket brimming with treats is almost irresistible. The good thing about most of these gifts is that the individual items come in sealed packages. Instead of breaking everything open at once, take the boxes of cookies, crackers, chocolates and candies and store them in a cupboard, out of sight.
  • Parties: Holiday parties might be the biggest threat to dental health. Revelers are not at home near their trusty toothbrush and they want to enjoy the festivities. A little planning can go a long way here. This might be the time to slip a travel toothbrush into a pocket or purse and get in a quick brush before saying goodbye. Chewing sugarless gum on the ride home is another alternative; chewing gum increases saliva production, which aids in plaque prevention.

Want to know more ways to keep a beautiful, healthy smile? Call our office today to set up an appointment at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Saltzman is accepting new patients and treats all ages.

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Use Your 2019 Dental Benefits Before They Expire, at Saltzman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry!

Our patients at #SaltzmanFamilyandCosmeticDentistry need to know that their 2019 dental coverage expires by the end of this year.

This means that any unused dental benefits do not roll over to 2020. Any amount left is lost after December 31. Remember, if you don’t use your dental insurance plan before the end of the year, you cannot get it back!

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4 Crucial Facts about Children’s Teeth and Dental Health


Here comes Thanksgiving, and the holiday season means enjoying even more treats and desserts at home and in the office. In the Triangle, family dentist Dr. E. Scott Saltzman helps patients of all ages prevent the decay that can occur with too many sweets. Parents know that they can give their children with the best possible dental care by getting them to Dr. Saltzman as soon as baby teeth start to emerge. Babies, age one or more, can be seen for early dental health assessment. In fact, the staff of E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has compiled some interesting facts about the baby teeth and their need for proper dental care.

These four facts about baby teeth and their care are important for parents to know:

  • Making space: Baby teeth play an important role for the emergence of permanent teeth. They hold the spaces for the adult teeth that will come later. A baby tooth lost too soon may cause an adult tooth to come in crooked or in the wrong location.
  • Dental visits: Education starts early and lasts a lifetime. Even toddlers need to be seen by a dentist. It’s not impossible for young children to develop cavities. Early visits offer both an opportunity for parents to learn how to care for their youngsters’ teeth as well as teach children to feel safe in the dentist’s office.
  • Preference for sweets: Humans, and children in particular, have a preference for sweet flavors. This is challenging for parents because sugary drinks and treats are prime causes of plaque and tooth decay. Fruit juices, sodas, cookies and other sugary or acidic treats can weaken tooth enamel, opening up the chance for cavities.
  • Cleaning: Parents should clean their baby’s teeth twice daily, paying attention to the spaces where two teeth touch. Only a tiny amount of toothpaste is needed, about a grain of rice size for toddlers and pea-sized for those 3 and older. Eventually children will take on this task themselves, but parents should ensure that the children brush all tooth surfaces.

As the Triangle’s family dentist, Dr. Saltzman sees children of all ages and makes sure they get the best care for optimal dental health. If young children in the family have not been to the dentist, call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today for their first appointment.

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4 Amazing Developments in Dental Health

Dentistry has greatly advanced over the past several decades. The dentist chair is no longer just a place to treat cavities or a broken tooth; Doctor E. Scott Saltzman offers a range of state-of-the-art treatments to prevent tooth decay and provide dazzling smiles. In the Triangle, family and cosmetic Dentist Dr.  Saltzman meets the needs of every patient who wants both healthy teeth and smiles. Through a combination of new technology, E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry makes it easy for patients to have the best possible dental health.

These four amazing developments help keep teeth and gums at optimum health here in the Triangle:

  • Digital X-rays: Gone are the days when x-ray films had to be developed like photographs. Today’s dental images are rendered digitally on a computer screen, where both Dr. Saltzman and the patient can see details of tooth health. On these images, he can detect cavities between teeth, view bone health, and examine the roots and nerves of the teeth.
  • Camera technology: Saltzman’s intraoral camera gives highly detailed photos of individual teeth, fillings, crowns and other small areas in the mouth. Patients find it easier to understand their dental health needs when they can see exactly what the dentist sees. The images can be duplicated for insurance claims, dental labs or other specialists.
  • Gum and bone health: Healthy teeth are just one part of maintaining the best dental care. Healthy gums and bones also are essential to keeping natural teeth at their best. The new imaging technologies outlined above help Dr. Saltzman and his staff diagnose and treat gum and bone issues earlier than ever before, preventing tooth loss.
  • Cosmetic dentistry: As dentistry has advanced in preventing cavities and treating gum disease, patients have turned their attention to the appearance of their teeth. Modern developments in whitening, straightening and restoration gives patients the opportunity to have their best-looking smiles.

Dr. Saltzman is committed to providing his patients with the most advanced dental treatments. Find out more today by calling the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for an appointment. He is accepting new patients and treats all ages.

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