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. 

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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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4 Beautiful Ways to a Stunning Smile


We all love saying “cheese” to the camera, yet that is only the beginning of featuring a beautiful smile for any occasion. At E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Triangle, patients are gaining new bright smiles every day through an array of modern dental techniques. Hollywood stars long have had the advantage of cosmetic dentistry, but now those same procedures are available to everyone in Cary and the Raleigh region.  There’s no reason to hide smiles any longer because of discolored, missing or damaged teeth.

Four beautiful ways that Dr. Saltzman’s cosmetic dentistry gives people more stunning smiles:

  • Whitening: One of the first things people notice about a smile is the color of the teeth. With teeth whitening becoming so widespread, it is even more noticeable when someone has stained and discolored teeth. Dr. Saltzman’s office specializes in brightening smiles with a course of teeth whitening. The procedure is simple and effective.
  • Veneers: A dental veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite material that is attached to the front of a tooth to change its appearance or shape, and to disguise imperfections. Veneers last for up to 15 years and may be the solution for teeth that need visual upgrades.
  • Crowns: When a tooth is severely damaged, a crown often is required. A crown covers the entire natural tooth beyond the gum line. The crown will be shaped and colored to match existing teeth, restoring a bright even smile.
  • Implants: Like crowns, implants are made to match existing teeth. But unlike crowns, they are used to fill in for missing teeth. If an injury or decay requires the removal of a natural tooth, an implant, which is actually fixed into the jaw bone with a screw, can take the place of the lost tooth. 

Let our trained professional staff give the Triangle the biggest smile ever! Call our office today to arrange a consultation about how to improve those pearly whites. Located in the Town of Cary, the office of  E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is conveniently located; it is important to note that we are accepting new patients and we treat all ages.

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5 Important Facts about Dental Crowns in the Triangle

Dental crowns have both functional and cosmetic purposes. Covering the entire exposed part of a tooth, the porcelain crown gives the appearance of a natural tooth while allowing the patient to bite and chew normally with every meal. As an experienced dentist in the Triangle, dedicated to both general dentistry and cosmetic work, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman makes it a top priority to restore teeth to the best appearance and function. Although crowns are quite durable, patients may at some point find they need their crowns replaced. E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has compiled a short list of conditions that can cause crowns to be replaced.

These five important situations could mean dental crowns are due for replacement:

  • Receding gum tissue: If gum tissue is pulling away from the base of the crown this could signal gum disease or tooth decay. Bacteria tends to cluster more readily around the base of a crown than around natural teeth, with plaque building up quicker in these areas.
  • Excessive wear: Crowns are subject to the normal wear and tear of biting and chewing. Excessive wear is likely in patients with misaligned teeth, where upper and lower teeth don’t meet properly.
  • Hidden decay: The porcelain crown conceals the tooth, making decay more difficult to see on a visual exam. Those who had a root canal before crown placement may have decay without experiencing any pain. X-rays help the dentist see what is happening to the underlying tooth.
  • Gum infection: Gum disease is a serious threat to both natural teeth and crowns. It can erode teeth below the gum line, eventually causing loss of bone.
  • Leaking crown: The cement used to affix the crown to the tooth base can eventually start to wash away, allowing the crown to loosen and bacteria to collect between the crown and tooth. 

Patients experiencing discomfort or pain around dental crowns should contact our office today for an exam. The office of  E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is conveniently located in Cary and treats patients of all ages.

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5 Dental Health Concerns for Triangle Seniors

Adult teeth are meant to last for decades, and, with proper care, they do. In the Triangle, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman is committed to caring for patients of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest. The needs of senior patients obviously are different than children who are losing their baby teeth. Aging brings special concerns for dental health, requiring different treatments than those who are younger. The professionals at E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry always strive to teach every patient how to best care for beautiful smiles.  

Dr. Saltzman offers insight into the following five dental conditions that tend to occur more frequently as people age:

  • Darker teeth: Teeth can darken naturally with age. Sometimes this is the result of a lifetime of consuming food and drinks that stain tooth enamel. Another cause is thinning of enamel, which allows the darker dentin material below to show through.
  • Dry mouth: Certain medications and medical treatments cause dry mouth, which is a reduction in the amount of saliva production. It is important to note that saliva continually washes over the teeth, removing some of the bacteria that leads to plaque.
  • Gum disease: Certain diseases, including diabetes and cancer, can increase the risk of gum disease. Professional dental care is essential to stop gum disease from destroying the bone that holds the teeth in place.
  • Shifting teeth: Over the course of a lifetime, older adults are more likely to have experienced tooth extractions and tooth loss. Those open spaces allow adjacent teeth to shift and move within the jawbone, causing chewing and bite problems.
  • Thrush: The human immune system keeps the mouth chemistry in balance. This balance can be disrupted by certain drugs and diseases, allowing the possible growth of the fungus that causes thrush. 

As a possible or current patient, caring for teeth during a long lifetime can be challenging. Call our office today to set an appointment for a complete dental exam. Please share any concerns with changes in dental health at the next appointment, and remember to inform the Dr. Saltzman of any changes in health or medications. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is currently accepting new patients.

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4 Essential Tools for the Holiday Season Dental Health in the Triangle

Doctor E. Scott Saltzman, our hygienists, and our patients work in partnership to keep teeth and gums as healthy as possible. While our office has the professional tools used to clean and restore teeth, patients need to have their own set of tools for dental health this holiday season. In the Triangle, E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry treats all ages, from children to seniors. An important aspect of our practice is to educate patients to properly care for their own teeth between appointments.  To help in that instruction, the office has compiled a short list of tools for dental patients.

Here are four important tools that are necessary for keeping teeth and gums healthy through the New Year:

  • Spare toothbrush: Brushing teeth after eating is the basic level of dental health. One way to step-up the primary process is to keep a toothbrush at work, in a purse, backpack or briefcase, so there is no excuse not to brush away from home. Building a habit of brushing after lunch and morning or afternoon snacks will go a long way in preventing plaque.
  • String or water flosser: Many people complain about flossing, but it is the only way to prevent plaque formation between teeth. A toothbrush can only reach the outer surfaces. Many patients have found water flossers easier than string floss. Others find they are more likely to use “floss-picks” rather than traditional string floss. The key is to floss daily with whatever tool a person will actually use.
  • Food and drink: Diet can be considered a “tool” to good dental health. Certain foods, including dairy products, fish, leafy greens, fruit and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, contribute to healthy gums and teeth. Water is really is the best beverage for teeth. Avoiding sugary snacks and drinks will usually improve dental health.
  • Calendar: If it’s difficult to remember to brush and floss, set up a daily reminder on a smartphone. Create an “appointment” with yourself to floss at the same time each day. The calendar, either on the phone or on the wall, is important to record regular cleaning appointments and dental exams. Clip the appointment card to the wall or desk calendar for the appropriate month. Regular professional cleanings are an essential element of great dental health. 

Have questions? Note them down and ask Dr. Saltzman at the next appointment. Reading this and looking for a new dentist in the Triangle? E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is currently accepting new patients, so call today to set up an appointment.

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5 Important Holiday Habits that Bring Smiles to the Triangle

It is Thanksgiving week and our dental hygienists are spending the holiday season  focused on dental care. Our team in Cary closely examines patient teeth for potential problems. At E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Triangle, the goal is to provide all patients with the best preventative care to give everyone a stunning smile. Some habits that patients follow make that goal easier for dental professionals. But many patients never ask what they can do to contribute to their own dental health.

Dental professionals recommend these five important holiday season habits to ensure the best possible experience while at the dentist:

  • Consistent brushing: There are several key facts about teeth brushing that contribute to dental health and great dental visits. Always go to bed with clean teeth. The body produces much less saliva during sleep, so the teeth and gums don’t get washed as well. And although it is tempting to stop brushing an area that bleeds or hurts, failure to brush is likely to make the condition worse.
  • Regular interdental cleaning: Hygienists ask about patients about flossing because it really does help prevent plaque build-up between teeth. Patients should feel free to ask their hygienist about other methods if they can’t build a habit with traditional string floss. Water flossers, rubber tips or rubber tip brushes may be the answer.
  • Appointment preparation: Any patient who is stressed or nervous about a dental visit should inform the hygienist or dentist. Dr. Saltzman and his staff are pros at explaining procedures and helping patients overcome their dental anxiety.
  • Follow Dr. Saltzman’s professional advice: Modern dental care plays an important part in overall health. To prevent cavities and gum disease, it’s important to follow the advice provided by Dr. Saltzman and his staff. If instructions are unclear, patients should always follow up with questions, either during the appointment or afterward.
  • Maintain a teeth cleaning schedule: Appointments are set at specific intervals because tooth decay develops in a predictable pattern. As faithful as most patients are about brushing and flossing, plaque can develop in some hard-to-reach places. Once plaque transforms into calculus (or tartar), it can only be removed with tools available to dental professionals. 

Bring a smile to Dr. Saltzman’s face and to our hygienists by following these suggestions. Call the office today to schedule your next regular cleaning or exam. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry treats all ages, children through seniors.

To all of our families, friends, neighbors, and patients, Happy Holidays to all!

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