• 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!

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