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!

Call us at 919 380 9311 for your appointment today!

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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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5 Important Facts about Aging Teeth


Teeth are amazing, giving humans the ability to eat a wide variety of foods, and with the proper care, lasting our entire lives. In the Triangle, family dentist Dr. E. Scott Saltzman provides dental treatment to everyone. Dr. Saltzman and the staff at E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are experienced in serving the needs of the youngest patients, who may be just getting their baby teeth, all the way to the most senior adults, with their unique dental health needs. Just like the rest of the body, teeth and gums change with age and require treatment designed for different stages of life.

Here are five important, yet little-known facts about stages of life and your smile:

  • Baby teeth: Tucking a lost baby tooth under a child’s pillow in exchange for money from the Tooth Fairy is a popular tradition. Did you know that some people retain baby teeth into adulthood? If no adult tooth forms in the jaw, there is nothing to push the baby tooth out and it remains in place, possibly for a lifetime. Called hypodontia, this condition is more common in females than males.
  • Children and teens: Baby teeth begin falling out around the age of 6. A child probably won’t have lost all baby teeth until about 12 years old. By 13 years old, most children should have 28 adult teeth with the second molars being the last ones in place. It’s important for children to receive regular dental cleanings to keep these permanent teeth free of decay.
  • Young adults: Between the ages of 17 and 21, most young adults will get their third molars or “wisdom teeth.” Depending on the shape and size of the mouth, some patients may need to have wisdom teeth removed. Not all wisdom teeth make it to the surface, either because they are blocked by other molars or are angled sideways instead of vertically.
  • Color: Tooth color can change with age. Yellowing and brown staining can be caused by certain foods and drinks such as coffee and tea. The constant use of teeth for biting and chewing also wears down the enamel, which show up as flat, darker areas on the biting surfaces of the incisors.
  • Enamel: With age and use, the outer enamel layer of teeth gets thinner while the yellowish dentin layer underneath grows thicker. This make teeth appear darker and less translucent.

No matter what stage of life, the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is ready to give you the brightest and healthiest smile possible. Call today to schedule an appointment. 

We accept new patients in Cary, Apex, Morrisville and beyond in the Triangle!

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5 Reasons Patients in the Triangle Choose E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Some Triangle dental patients only need their twice-yearly cleanings. Yet others around Cary and Raleigh are looking to have missing or damaged teeth replaced or restored. No matter what level of dentistry is needed, many Triangle patients turn to Cary-based Dr. E. Scott Saltzman for treatment. A full-service practice, E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry not only provides routine dental care, but also specializes in cosmetic work that gives patients beautiful smiles as well.

These five features highlight why so many patients choose E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

  • All ages treated: Every member of the family can be treated at Dr. Saltzman’s practice. His experienced staff helps put children at ease for their earliest dental visits. The office also looks after the specialized needs of seniors, who often have age-related dental conditions.
  • Full service: Modern dentistry isn’t just about fillings anymore. Obviously dental health is the number one priority at Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, but patients looking to improve their smiles with whitening, veneers or implants will find the office specializes in those treatments as well.
  • Patient education: Saltzman and his staff take the time to educate patients about dental health, treatment options and paying for care. The office’s Facebook page keeps patients informed about important dates, dental news and suggestions for effective home dental care.
  • Convenient location: A short 20- to 30-minute drive from most places in the Triangle, Dr. Salzman’s office is conveniently located at 202 Towne Village Drive in Cary. It’s an easy trip from Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham and Research Triangle Park. And because the office treats all ages, families can schedule their appointments together, reducing the number of trips to the dentist.
  • Experience: A 1986 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Saltzman has been meeting the needs of Triangle patients for many years. He brings the newest techniques in dental health and cosmetic dentistry to his practice.

Looking for a new dentist? Call E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to find how our practice can give you the best possible smile. We are currently accepting new patients.

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4 Essential Facts about Dental Implants


Each year, more and more dental patients in the Triangle are opting for dental implants to replace missing teeth. These implants offer many advantages over the more traditional treatments such as bridges and dentures. Restoring teeth to their full function and natural appearance is one the top priorities for Cary-based dentist Dr. E. Scott Saltzman.

Here are four essential facts about dental implants, provided by E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

  • Missing teeth: A missing tooth is more than an inconvenience. A gap makes biting and chewing less efficient and can affect clear speech. Neighboring teeth will shift position to fill the space, making eating even more difficult. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone will start to shrink, sometimes making the face look older.
  • Implant structure: While all other tooth restorations are affixed to the exposed area of tooth, implants are secured to bone. A titanium screw is surgically attached to the jawbone and a natural-looking, custom-made crown is fitted to the post of the screw.
  • Time frame: Typically, there are a number of steps to an implant procedure, which may require a few months from start to finish. First, Dr. Saltzman will place the implant into the jawbone. After this procedure, the patient needs to heal. During healing, bone will grow around the implant, giving it the strength of a natural tooth. The third step involves removing the temporary crown and attaching the replacement tooth to the implant post.
  • Implant benefits: Because a dental implant is similar to a natural tooth, patients find that they feel more natural and stronger than other types of restorations. Unlike bridges, which require alterations to neighboring healthy teeth, implants leave healthy teeth untouched. 

Don’t let missing teeth ruin your smile. Call today for an appointment at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Patients of all ages are welcome, and the office is currently accepting new patients.

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5 Strategies to Alleviate Dental Anxiety in the Triangle


The anxiety of a dental visit keeps many patients from getting regular dental care. Whether it’s concern about unhealthy teeth, the noise of the drill, or concern about pain, there are many reasons people avoid seeing a dentist for regular care.

Dr. E. Scott Saltzman has devoted his entire career to making sure Triangle patients get the best care possible in a positive and caring setting. His Cary practice, E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, treats all ages, from small children to the senior citizen. Dr. Saltzman and his staff will help patients work through their concerns so they can get the beautiful, healthy smiles they want.

These five strategies can help patients feel comfortable with any dental concern:

  • Identify the fear: Figure out the underlying fear. Some people are unnerved by the sound of a dental drill, even if it’s being used in a different treatment room. Others have a fear of needles. For some patients, they fear choking or gagging during treatment. And those who haven’t had care for a long time may be embarrassed over the condition of their teeth. All of these fears are common. Dr. Saltzman and his experienced staff are trained to work with every patient to alleviate any concern.
  • Communicate: Fearful patients can fall into two camps: those who feel more at ease when they know exactly what is taking place, and those who prefer to be distracted and want as little information as possible. It’s always acceptable to ask questions about how treatments are done, how long they will take and how pain will be reduced. But if that is too much information, let Dr. Saltzman know.
  • Ease swallowing concerns: It is frightening to have water pooling at the back of the throat and feeling unable to swallow. If this is a worry, raise a hand to have water suctioned. Our experienced hygienists will clear the water and frequently as asked.
  • Calm the gag reflex: Some people have a sensitive gag reflex while others find it especially difficult to breathe through their nose. Practicing deep breathing through the nose before an appointment will lessen the issue and help with relaxation, according to org, a website devoted to helping people cope with the fear of the dentist. Other suggestions include using a nasal decongestant spray or snore relief spray before the appointment.
  • Contact Dr. Saltzman: Most important is finding a local family dentist and staff to trust. This may require meeting in advance with Dr. Saltzman and team to ask the questions needed. 

Don’t postpone dental care because of fear or anxiety. Triangle families trust E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for all their dental health needs. Our practice is accepting new patients, so call today for the earliest possible appointment.

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4 Important Facts about Periodontal Disease in the Triangle

Most dental patients easily understand that cavities need treatment before they get worse. Fixing teeth damaged by decay is a routine part of the work at E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Triangle. But sometimes dental issues require treatment that is less well understood by patients. Periodontal disease is one condition that presents a real danger to teeth; however, because it exists below the gumline, patients can have trouble understanding the treatment and why it is required.

Here are four details every patient should know about periodontal disease:

  • Source: Periodontal disease affects the gums and the teeth below the gumline. It is caused when bacteria builds up in that area, causing infection. Plaque can build up below the gumline, eventually causing gums to separate from teeth.
  • Symptoms: Bad breath, receding gums, bleeding, and swollen gums are all signs of possible periodontal disease. Only a dental professional can make a diagnosis.
  • Dangers: Untreated periodontal disease can eventually lead to bone loss, exposure of the tooth roots, loose teeth, and tooth loss. Teeth may shift in the mouth because they are no longer held firmly in place.
  • Treatment: Treatment for periodontal disease depends on its severity. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning of the tooth below the gumline. More advanced cases may require surgical intervention to reduce the size of the gum pocket where bacteria collects or bone grafts to restore areas of bone loss. 

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that requires professional treatment. If you have any of the signs of periodontal disease, call our office today to schedule an exam. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is conveniently located, is accepting new patients and treats all ages.

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