Dr. Liz

Elizabeth Cook Miller, D.D.S., M.S. is a pediatric dentist at Atkins, Maestrello, Miller & Associates Pediatric Dentistry in Richmond, VA. She is a new mother, active runner and her favorite movie is “Finding Nemo”.

My Child’s Tooth is Loose! How do I get it out?

Nothing can be more frightening than realizing that your child’s tooth is loose and not knowing what to do about it. Do I pull it? Do I leave it to come out on its own? Should I call the dentist? Most people would rather unclog a toilet than pull their child’s tooth. So let’s talk about if and when you need to actually do something about the loose tooth. If…

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Should I come back for my child’s dental appointment, or should I stay in the lobby?

This is one of the most common questions we receive as dentists, and team members at our pediatric dental office.  Our top priority is making both the parents and the children feel as comfortable as possible during each dental appointment.  We want the dentist to be a FUN place to be, a place where children are excited to come and learn how important it is to have healthy teeth as…

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Enamel What??? – Enamel Hypoplasia Q & A

Your child’s dentist just told you that your child has areas of enamel hypoplasia on their teeth. Here are answers to some of the questions you may not have thought to ask: Q: What is enamel hypoplasia? A: Enamel hypoplasia is a condition where teeth have less enamel (the outer, white part of the tooth) then they should. It can affect only a single tooth or multiple teeth, and it…

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Sneaky Cavities: How to Keep Them from Happening to your Teenager

“But she has never had cavities before!? And she brushes her teeth every night? I just don’t understand!!” – A bewildered mother in response to news that her teenage daughter has multiple cavities. Most teenagers relish the newfound freedoms they find themselves facing: the ability to drive, the use of a cell phone (usually a newer model then that of their parents), the opportunity to take care of their own…

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Age One Dental Appointment – Why is it so important?

Getting your child started early with good oral hygiene and a regular checkup with her pediatric dentist is important for your child’s dental health and overall health.  The Drs. Atkins, Maestrello, Miller and Associates and all the wonderful staff make your child’s first dental experience pleasant, fun and educational. First Dental Check-up: Traditional guidelines recommended that the first dental appointment occur around three years of age. What we have learned…

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Tips for Making Bedtime a Little More Fun

“But Mom, I’m too tired to brush tonight!” No, you aren’t the only busy parent tackling this challenge tonight; this scene is common in households all over Virginia at bedtime. Here are some tips for helping incorporate brushing and flossing into your families normal bedtime routine. These have been suggested from our own patients and hopefully will help make bedtime a smoother, more fun process for you and your family!…

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What is the best kind of toothpaste for my child to use?

Next time you’re in the grocery store or Target, wander down the toothpaste aisle and take a look at all the options there are for toothpastes for children. Combine that with all the press you’ve heard about fluoride, good and bad, and it’s no wonder it’s difficult to identify which toothpaste is best for your children. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the organization that your children’s pediatric dentist…

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What can my child eat after dental surgery?

Taking care of your child after dental surgery is no easy task. The hardest part is deciding what to give your child to eat or drink since they are now starving and need some much-needed nourishment. Choosing the right foods is important in helping their healing process go smoothly. Here are our Top 5 Foods to eat after you get home from dental surgery. Start with something good to drink.…

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Guess The Number Of Coins, Win A Prize!

It’s time for another contest! You can win these adorable stuffed bears by answering one simple question. How many wooden coins fit in this jar? Click the image below to see a larger version. Leave your answer as a comment on our Facebook page. A few simple rules: Answers will be accepted from December 2nd through 11:59pm on December 16th, 2014. Only votes left as comments on the contest’s Facebook…

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