Dental Preventive Care: Our Approach

At the Miller Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, we believe that conventional oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing and flossing, coupled with healthful dietary choices and wholesome lifestyles ensure healthy teeth and gums.  All of these things can affect your oral health for the better, but we also recommend a routine dental examination, prophylaxis to remove tartar and surface stains and, as appropriate, a complete set of dental X-rays.  When you visit our office for your checkup and cleaning, here’s what you can expect:

  • A careful examination by either Dr. Stephen M. Miller that entails an inspection of your mouth, teeth, jaw, and gums along with a complete periodontal analysis to assess the health of your gingiva or gum tissues and a simple, quick, painless oral cancer screening.
  • A professional cleaning or prophylaxis by a member of our hygienist team to remove tartar, which, if left untreated, can develop into more advanced periodontitis or gum disease, as well as the removal of surface stains, flossing and a gentle tooth polishing.
  • Pain-free digital X-rays such as bitewing, Panoramic, or a complete set of Periapical X-rays to help Dr. Miller correctly evaluate your oral health situation, including the presence of dental caries—pit and fissure, smooth surface, or root caries—or other types of dental disease that may need nothing more than monitoring.

At the Miller Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, we typically recommend that our patients visit our office at least twice-yearly to receive an examination and professional cleaning as a measure of good oral healthcare and to monitor periodontal health.  We believe this approach:  Regular dental visits, twice-yearly professional cleanings, daily brushing and flossing, and healthful lifestyle practices offer you the greatest assurance of optimal oral health. 

To schedule your examination and professional cleaning, call the Miller Center for Comprehensive Dentistry at 412-681-717. Or request an appointment through this website.