Category Archives: Oral Health

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Fun with Fluoride

Like butter in a Food Network recipe, fluoride is in just about all dental hygiene products. If you check the labels on your toothpaste and mouthwashes, you’ll find fluoride listed. It’s even in the material used to fill cavities in baby teeth. And, despite the nut jobs that believe it to be a communist conspiracy, […]

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What’s the Deal with Tartar?

Although putting the stuff on a fresh king salmon is paramount to sacrilege, if you ever had fish sticks at school as a kid, odds are you also had tartar sauce to make them more palatable. But when it comes to your dental health, Dr. Miller isn’t worried about your condiment choices; he’s worried about […]

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Cleaning Beyond What You Can Do At Home

A good home dental hygiene program is critical to avoiding all sorts of dental issues. But it isn’t a substitute for professional twice-yearly cleanings and exams with Dr. Miller and his team. If you want to get downright technical about it, the term for these cleanings is oral prophylaxis, and it’s something you need to […]

The Trusty Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is a bristled superhero, fighting the evil attackers known as plaque and tartar day in and day out. It never gets a day off (at least hopefully not for those around you dealing with your breath), and it gets little respect. Where’s a little bit of Aretha Franklin’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T when you need it? […]

E-Cigarettes Damage Oral Tissue Just Like Regular Cigarettes

Everyone knows cigarette smoking is a short cut down the path to health issues affecting your lungs, your skin, your blood vessels, and even your heart. But of more concern to Dr. Miller is what cigarette smoke does to the health of your mouth. Smoking has a direct correlation with gum disease and mouth cancer. […]

Do Whitening Toothpastes Work?

Sometimes it seems that it would be nice if we could return to the days when toothpastes simply promised to clean your teeth and help fight decay. Today, there are more toothpaste types than ever before, each promising something else. Whitening toothpastes are one of the newer varieties. But do whitening toothpastes actually whiten your […]

Should you get an Oral DNA Test?

Dr. James A. Miller offers Oral DNA testing! Why Test with OralDNA®? · Find hidden oral pathogens that threaten your oral and systemic health. Common pathogens directly cause gum disease and may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and birth complications · Learn if you were born with gene markers associated with increased […]

Oral Cancer

Everyone knows about cancer, but usually the more notable varieties: breast, colon, lung, skin, etc. But oral cancer is a serious issue and shouldn’t be ignored. In fact, oral cancer is the #11 cause of cancer mortality. Oral cancer includes cancer of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, and the hard palate. If […]

Good Food for Good Teeth

At Dr. Miller’s practice, the whole team is committed to preventing issues with your dental health. Now that could seem counterintuitive. After all, if everyone had perfect teeth and practiced prevention then who would need a dentist? That, of course, is far from reality in the world of dental health. Whether it’s lax home hygiene, […]

A Couple Things About That Toothbrush of Yours

Toothbrushes are so non-descript. They do their job and then are hidden away in a drawer or hung on a rack until called upon once again to fight the endless battle with plaque. They can be overlooked. But your toothbrush is your first line of defense in the fight against decay. And because Dr. Miller […]