Local Doctor Initiates Program to Transform His Community by Creating a Caries Free Zone

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Dr. Ken Comer of Amarillo leads his community to a healthier future.

Dr. Ken Comer

We have been telling the same story of cavities for years, and it is obviously not working...there is no reason to oversimplify this complex biofilm disease any longer.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dental caries (cavities) is an epidemic in the United States; and although it is largely preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 5 to 17 years -- 4 times more common than asthma. Dr. Ken Comer of Amarillo decided it was time to offer his patients something different. Instead of offering the tired 'brush and floss' advice, his patients can look forward to a program built on a new model of health: the Caries Free Zone.

"It is time for something new," says Dr. Comer. "We have been telling the same story of cavities for years, and it is obviously not working. At this office, we have decided to elevate the conversation with our patients. Patients are smart and there is no reason to oversimplify this complex biofilm disease any longer." With the launching of a Caries Free Zone in office, Dr. Comer will not only change the content of the conversation about dental decay, but also change the approach they take with patients. The process now includes a comprehensive risk assessment where the patient is a mutual expert during the caries risk conversation. Comer states, "It is not always diet or hygiene related, and we need to start discussing other risk factors like medication, saliva flow, presence of oral appliances, and current bacterial challenge." Becky Waldrip RDH says, "When a patient knows how and why they are experiencing decay, we can form a true partnership and plan how we are going to reduce their risk."

Comer explains, "The ultimate goal is to bring each and every patient into a low to moderate risk category and keep them there long term. If we can do that, we can start to create a truly cavity free patient base. All of our patients that follow through with our new program will be initiated into our Caries Free Zone and represent the future of oral health in our practice and community. This disease is absolutely preventable, and it is time for us to take the lead in reframing how we co-manage the treatment and ultimately, prevention of dental caries."

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Comer and his team call, (806) 553-4129.

About Dr. Comer:
Since 1985, Kenneth M. Comer has been working with patients to provide the best "red carpet" level dental care for patients in the Amarillo area. Dr. Comer's experience in dentistry is coupled with genuine concern for his patients. We have invested in some of the latest dental technologies and Dr. Comer has dedicated much of his life to the practice of dentistry. He has accumulated over 2000 continuing education hours in all aspects of dentistry. All our staff is dedicated to your comfort and prompt attention as well.

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