• For those with allergies, many oral health issues can arise when you have a stuffed-up nose or sinus inflammation. 

    Stuff-Up Nose:  A stuffed-up nose often leads to mouth breathing.  This action can cause inflamed gums along those front teeth.  This can lead to periodontal issues if it continues long-term. 

    Take nasal decongestants before bed and keep a glass of water near you for sips throughout the night.  The water will help keep those tissues hydrated and prevent the inflammation.

    Sinus Inflammation:  Sinuses are so close to the roots of your teeth that when they are inflamed or enlarged, they can actually cause your teeth to shift and hit harder when you chew and talk.  This constant banging and pressure on the roots of the teeth may feel like a toothache! 

    First try gargling with salt water - sometimes this can help release sinus drainage.  See your dentist and primary care physician to see what you can do to relieve this pain and pressure. 

    Watery Eyes and Nose: Some preventive medication may lead to oral health issues.  Antihistamines can dry out your mucous membranes and lead to dry mouth.  A dry mouth can allow bacteria and food to accumulate and cause cavities.  See your dentist for products that can help with this short-term problem.

    Sore Throat & Post Nasal Drip: The leading issue of a sore throat and nasal drip is bad breath.  Using a mouthwash in the morning and at night following brushing and flossing should prevent bad breath.  Also, make sure you stay hydrated! 

    The great news about all of these issues is that they are short-term. As long as you frequently visit your primary care doctor and your dentist, many of these issues will be prevented. 

  • COMTREA Dental Care is proud to accept this year’s Henry Schein Cares Medal.

    Dental Care leadership, Dr. Courtney Garland, DMD, Oral Health Director, and Dr. Nathan Sutter, DDS, attended the national ceremony to accept the bronze medal.

    “This is a large accomplishment for the Dental Care Department. We were able to be recognized for all the hard work, initial launch of tele-dentistry (remote dental services and consultations), and efficiency of workflow and progress providing another avenue of care for our patients,” said Garland.

    With this bronze medal, Dental Care will receive a $5,000 cash prize and $10,000 of product from Henry Schein.

    “We will be able to utilize $10,000 of product to increase supply and equipment for our mobile dental program (Tooth Titan) to assist with school services,” said Garland.

    COMTREA Dental Care is one of three finalists in an award which receives over 150 applications.

    Dr. Garland is very proud and believes this award highlights all they have accomplished in the past five years.

    Henry Schein, the world’s largest provider of business and clinical technology solutions, focuses on enhancing the efficiency of office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners caring for the under-served.


  • Is Thanksgiving food BAD for you??

    The short answer is it could be!  But, that does not mean you cannot partake! 

    Many traditional Thanksgiving foods can be slightly harmful for your teeth, but there’s hope. As long as you take care of your teeth, you can indulge, especially since it’s only once a year.

    It seems that the general public tend to know what foods or drinks are good and bad for you. 

    What do you do when you don’t know? Go ask the professionals!  Several websites offer great advice for navigating your holiday meals. 

    Some of the worst foods to partake of on your holiday retreat would be starchy and sugary foods.  Items like candied yams, stuffing, candied nuts, and rolls all contain sugar or starch.  These can help feed the bacteria responsible for cavities.  And yes, unfortunately, this includes the infamous pecan pie!  It’s always best to eat these foods followed by a swish of water or even brushing, if possible. 

    Another cavity culprit is soda!  We should all know by now that soda contains sugar and acids that help bacteria hosting the perfect environment to thrive.  Again, if you drink soda, swish with water or brush, if possible.

    Now that we have an idea of what foods to either avoid or swish after eating, let’s look at foods that might actually be good for your teeth! 

    The following advice is available on about the best foods for your oral health around this grateful holiday.

    Some foods that actually combat the bacteria include some holiday appetizers like cheese, raw veggies, and mixed nuts. 

    Cheese helps buffer the acid that is needed to break down foods, but this acid can have a negative effect on your teeth if left too long.  Eating cheese after drinking soda, for example, would help prevent those negative effects caused by the acid in soda.  We also recommend indulging in fresh fruit trays.  These can meet your sweet treat needs, but not create damage to your oral health. 

    Lastly, let’s talk about drinks. Although there are several options to quench your thirst around the holidays, there are two main drinks that we would recommend: water and tea. 

    Water is always the best choice when you are thirsty, holiday or not.  Tea contains fluoride and helps keep you hydrated, a home run for oral health!

    So, eat well, drink well, and make great Thanksgiving meal choices. You will have those pearly whites for many Thanksgivings to come!


  • Why does it seem like your children’s teeth fall out all at once? 

    When should my child expect to lose their two front teeth?

    Tooth losing patterns may vary from child to child, but typically follow the same pattern and timing.

    With infants, you might see a little smidge of a tooth start showing around the six month mark.  But do not worry if your child is older and has not had anything visible begin to poke through their gums.  In most cases, they may be on their way! 

    Some children have been known to be toothless all the way up until their two year birthday! 

    If you are worried, most children should go to see the dentist at the age of six months, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends they see a dentist prior to their first birthday.  Take this opportunity to speak to a dental professional about any questions or concerns you may have for your child.  They can help with questions about pacifier use, sippy cups, thumb sucking or other habits and nutritional needs for your child.

    So, when does the old holiday song, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” come into play? 

    Well, most likely your child will start singing this tune around the age of 6 or 7.  This is the most typical age when the two front teeth have wiggled their way out of your child’s mouth and under their pillows for the Tooth Fairy! 

    Even if they lost their two front teeth a while ago, rest assured, they may be singing this tune even around Christmas.

    And unfortunately, you may not be able to give them what they really want for Christmas since their two front teeth will decide when they feel like appearing.

    Additionally, you may notice that children lose all of their back teeth around the same time.

    Between the ages of nine and twelve, your child will lose about twelve teeth.  Children will have twenty primary teeth in their childhood, and thirty-two teeth as adults. Their first adult tooth should appear at the young age of 6 years old. 

    This is why having a parent helping them brush their teeth is so crucial.  Most kids don’t develop the needed brushing dexterity and ability until age 8 or 9, which is necessary for removing plaque and keeping them healthy, even if they insist they don’t need help!

    Whether your child is just starting to teeth or is singing “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” remember that your role in their dental health can be crucial.

    Happy Holidays!

  • During the summer months, we’ve all heard how important sunscreen is to protect your skin. But, what about your teeth?  Do they need protection?

    Many summer sports offer the opportunity for misfortune when it comes to trauma and your mouth. 

    Wearing a sports guard is highly recommended, if not required, for many contact sports or when it’s possible to have some mishap happen to your teeth.  Ask your dental professional which option would be best for you.

    Other summer sports, like swimming, can also have a negative effect on your teeth. 

    Swimmers who are frequently in chlorinated pools may be plagued with something called “swimmers stain”.  “Swimmers stain” is caused from the chemicals used to keep a pool clean.  Usually, this stain is easily removed by your Registered Dental Hygienist or can be polished off. 

    Staying hydrated is very important during the hot months. 

    What’s the best thing to quench your thirst and keep you healthy?  Simple: water. 

    Water is the best thing to drink for your teeth.  Any drink with bubbles (carbonation) cause acidity levels to rise, which can eventually affect your teeth enamel.  Sports drinks can also cause acid to rise.  These drinks can be consumed occasionally, but you’ll want to at least swish with water after having them to buffer the acidity. 

    So, while you are relaxing in the pool or having fun in the sun, make sure you stay hydrated, protect your teeth, and wear sunblock!

  • With the New Year upon us, many people take this as an opportunity to improve their health with various resolutions.  Some will vow to start working out, attempt to eat better, or even replace bad habits with good routines.

    This poses a very important question about your oral health!  Do any of these New Year’s resolutions help your teeth and gums?  The answer is YES! 

    According to, exercise can actually improve your dental health, while improving overall health. 

    Exercise helps reduce the toxins found in your body, and also helps reduce C-reactive proteins.  This is all part of the inflammatory response in your body. 

    Reduction in the C-reactive proteins and inflammation improves the healing ability of your gum tissue, which helps support your teeth. 

    Along with exercise, making good choices when eating helps improve your oral health, and of course, your overall health. 

    When your body is receiving the correct types and amounts of nutrients needed, it functions much better.  This includes being able to heal and support the needs of your teeth, gum tissue, and the bones supporting your teeth. 

    As you think about New Year’s resolutions, consider adding physical activity and a great dental care routine, like visiting your dentist twice a year!

  • Well now that it’s April, spring has sprung!  Flowers are popping up and trees are showing their buds!

    Many people take this as an opportunity for a fresh start, to clear away clutter that’s been plaguing them for the past year.  But, “Spring Cleaning” is not just for your home!  Spring is a wonderful time to look into an oral health overhaul!

    Several things can lead to neglecting your oral health: laziness (yes, just admit it), lack of insurance or financial ability, apathy, schedules, and many other reasons.  Now is the PERFECT time to get back on track!  

    What can you do for a fresh start:

    Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head!  This should typically be done every three months; if you’ve forgotten, now is the time!

    Schedule your cleaning!  If you’ve been putting it off, here is your reminder!  Your dental office WANTS to see you and help you stay or get healthy!

    Check expiration dates on mouthwashes or toothpastes…YES-they can expire!  This expiration date will let you know when the components will lose their efficacy.  In other words, the power of fluoride may be reduced, or the potassium nitrate that helps fight sensitivity to hot or cold may not be accomplishing the job it should.

    Build a new routine!   Do you forget to brush at night because you are too tired, too busy, or too lazy?  Well, now is the time to develop that oral healthcare routine.  Let’s build that brighter, healthier smile today.

    Let’s SPRING into action and start this new season off right!

    If you need help with establishing a great routine for yourself, your dental professionals are ready, willing, and able to help out.  We care about your oral health just as much as you do, and want to help you succeed in keeping your body healthy.  Not keeping your mouth healthy has been linked to many negative health issues, and we want to keep you around for years and years to come!

    COMTREA has several locations and wonderful, friendly, and caring staff that are here for you to accomplish your oral health “Spring Cleaning” goals!  Give us a call today at 1-877-COMTREA.

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