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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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

Happy Halloween everyone! 

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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