Take-Home Whitening, Not Pizza

Portland is such a beautiful, happy place that we think people probably want to go out and smile about it. But if their teeth are stained from all the coffee we drink, they may think twice about flashing their smiles. And that’s a shame! At our practice, we’ve found that take-home whitening is the way […]

Caries On My Wayward Tooth

OK, those aren’t exactly the lyrics of that overwrought Kansas song from the 70s, but they would work if they were singing about your tooth filled with decay. Caries. It’s the most common form of oral disease known to man, dental caries. The process of getting caries is called tooth decay. You may know them […]

Oh, the Things We Do to Our Teeth

Our teeth are little enameled stalwarts, constantly fighting off bacteria and plaque trying to become tartar, all while chewing up the foods you need to survive. You’d think we’d give them some respect. Instead, we torture them with some seriously bad behaviors and choices. Dr. Miller always wants his patients to think prevention first. To […]

Filling the Gap and Why You Need to Do It

Some people think only those living in the backwoods of West Virginia are missing a bunch of their teeth. Truth be told, none other than the esteemed American Dental Association says that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. And, wait for it, 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. You […]

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, […]

You Won’t Find This Type of Enamel on Your Door Moldings

Here’s a question for you. What’s the hardest tissue in the human body? Now, if you’re on Venice Beach you’ll have plenty of muscleheads flexing and showing you their answer. But they’d be wrong. Your tooth enamel is the hardest tissue on your body. There is no way you guessed that! Tooth enamel consists mainly […]

Lose the Decay, Save the Tooth — Root Canals

Root canal. If there’s a phrase that brings instant horror into the hearts of the masses it’s “root canal.” You’d think the procedure was akin to being put on the rack the way people fear it. But the reality of a root canal done by Dr. Miller is far different. Modern root canals don’t involve […]

High Anxiety Doesn’t Need to Be Your Trip to Our Office

There are things to be afraid of: clowns, various Presidential candidates, sea monkeys, haggis, your mother-in-law, and Survivor 27. Coming to see Dr. Miller for a cleaning and exam shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why Dr. Miller offers sedation for his patients who need it. Some people, whether it’s due to a past bad […]

So You Think You Know Implants?

  As dental implants have become more and more popular, many people think they are relatively new to the industry. Truth be told, implants were first introduced to modern dentistry over 50 years ago. Actually, they’ve been around far longer than that; you just wouldn’t probably call them very modern. In ancient archeological digs, people […]

Whitening Beyond the Top of Mt. Hood

In Oregon we’re used to the white stuff atop the towering volcanoes that accent our landscape. But some of us, either because of what we eat or drink, or medicines we have taken, don’t see as much white when we check our teeth in the mirror. We see stains and yellowed, dull teeth. Sounds like […]