Make us your home page

Florida's dentist of the year practices in New Port Richey



At last month's Florida National Dental Convention in Orlando, New Port Richey's Paul Miller was named dentist of the year by the Florida Dental Association.

Miller, 59, an American Dental Association delegate and member of the ADA's Council on Member Insurance and Retirement Programs, went to dental school at Marquette University in Milwaukee and has been a dentist since 1981. He recently talked with the Tampa Bay Times about his profession:

Why did you decide to become a dentist?

I went to undergraduate school at the University of Wisconsin and got a degree in bio chemistry. I was working in laboratories. You can't have a very good conversation with a test tube. When I was working with people, I enjoyed it a lot better. (Dentistry provides) social interaction.

What does a dentist do that the general public might not know a dentist does?

Working with legislators, (and) community service. We make trips up to Tallahassee to explain good rules and laws that help preserve the profession and to make sure the public has the best care possible. Most of my colleagues donate a lot of time to community services. I donate time every other month to the Good Samaritan Clinic. Our local dental association, which is in New Port Richey, (provides) scholarships for people going into hygiene or dental assistant school.

Since you became a dentist, how has the industry changed?

Technology and material science. I haven't done an amalgam, which is a silver filling, in probably 20 years. The tooth-colored fillings are stronger and more durable.

How often should somebody see a dentist?

There's a great quote: "Dental care isn't expensive, but dental neglect is." Everyone should see a dentist twice a year. We know the rate that cavities can form, we know the rates at which people build up plaque and tartar. Six months is a good starting point. (If) we see that there's breakdown, we recommend a shorter time period.

What do people do to teeth that they shouldn't?

The thing we do that we shouldn't do so much is (drink acidic beverages), especially sodas. Another real bad one is power drinks (such as Powerade and Gatorade). Don't sip it all day, and you're okay. If you drink it in five minutes, that's five minutes of exposure. When you sip it for two hours, that's two hours of exposure.

What don't people do enough that they should do for their teeth?

Flossing. Another old saying: "You only need to floss teeth that you want to keep."

Dr. Paul Miller practices at 6838 Madison St., New Port Richey. For information, visit online.

Florida's dentist of the year practices in New Port Richey 07/03/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:13am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Palm Harbor boat dealer facing litany of complaints of bad deals


    PALM HARBOR — With an aging father sick in the hospital and a son just graduating high school, Andrew Kashella, in between jobs, knew what he had to do.

    A sign on a front window of Gulf Coast Boat Sales, 37517 Us Highway 19 N, in Palm Harbor, notifies people they are under restructuring  The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has received 20 complaints against Gulf Coast Boat Sales in Palm Harbor. Complainants say they sold the shop their boats and never got paid and/or paid for boats they never received. Pinellas County Consumer Protection is leading the investigation.
  2. To catch a poacher: Florida wildlife officers set up undercover gator farm sting


    To catch a ring of poachers who targeted Florida's million-dollar alligator farming industry, state wildlife officers created the ultimate undercover operation.

    To catch a ring of poachers who targeted Florida's million-dollar alligator farming industry, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set up an undercover operation. They created their own alligator farm, complete with plenty of real, live alligators, watched over by real, live undercover wildlife officers. It also had hidden video cameras to record everything that happened. That was two years ago, and on Wednesday wildlife officers announced that they arrested nine people on  44 felony charges alleging they broke wildlife laws governing alligator harvesting, transporting eggs and hatchlings across state lines, dealing in stolen property, falsifying records, racketeering and conspiracy. The wildlife commission released these photos of alligators, eggs and hatchlings taken during the undercover operation. [Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  3. CBO analysis: 23 million would lose health coverage under House-passed bill


    WASHINGTON — The Republican health care bill that passed the House earlier this month would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    Demonstrators protests the passage of a House Republican health care bill, outside the the Capitol in Washington, on May 4. The House took the unusual step of voting on the American Health Care Act before the Congressional Budget Office could assess it. That analysis was released Thursday and it showed the bill would cause 23 million fewer people to have health insurance by 2026. Many additional consumers would see skimpier health coverage and higher deductibles, the budget office projected.
  4. Florida Specialty Insurance acquires Pinellas Park's Mount Beacon Insurance


    Tens of thousands of homeowners who were pushed out of Citizens Property Insurance for a private carrier since 2014 are finding themselves changing insurance companies yet again.

  5. Marijuana extract Epidiolex helps some kids with epilepsy, study shows


    A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits.

    An employee checks a plant at LeafLine Labs, a medical marijuana production facility in Cottage Grove, Minn. [Associated Press (2015)]