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A good smile can brighten up the room. People who frequently smile are perceived to be more in control, at ease and attractive than those who don't (Lau, 1982). However, a genuine smile may do more than just improve your appearance. New research has found a strong connection between smiling and your general health and well-being. So, if you are reluctant to smile due to self consciousness or embarrassment over your smile, it can be hurting more than social life. It may be affecting your overall well being.


In order to meet our continued commitment to your health and safety, as well as that of our staff, you may notice some changes that our offices has implemented in response to the coronavirus.

To ensure that patient care is both safe and comfortable, our office actively follows recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including: 

• Our office will ask screening questions, before your appointment and again when you are in the office.

• We will ask you to use hand sanitizer, located throughout the office, and/or wash your hands when you enter the office.

• Our waiting room no longer offers magazines, children’s toys and other items that are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

• Appointments are managed to enable social distancing for patients, which may provide fewer appointment scheduling options.

• We do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce wait times, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. 

Thank you for being our patient and we look forward to seeing you again! If you have any questions please call our office at 559-437-7333.  

Dr. Joann Miller and Team



About ten percent of all adults in America are believed to have some level of dental phobia. The stress caused by the sights, smells, and sounds of a dental office may cause more anxiety for some patients than they can handle. In fact, of all the phobias, dental anxiety is considered to be one of the most common fears. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), almost 25 percent of Americans avoid the dentist because of dental anxiety.

Dr. Miller and our staff are compassionate and caring and are dedicated to making every dental visit as pleasant an experience as possible. While some patients have their own methods of minimizing dental anxiety, our office specializes in the art of reducing dental anxiety. Our office emphasizes stress reduction for patience, including having constant communications so patients know what is being done, using the most effective pain reduction techniques available, creating a soothing atmosphere, and being sensitive to the needs of our patients.

We proactively work to make every visit more relaxing for patients so they can get the dental care they need with the least amount of anxiety.

We look forward to seeing you soon! 


In the pursuit to maintain good oral hygiene, there’s no underestimating how crucial regular visits to the dentist’s office can be. Visiting a dental hygienist periodically may not only prove essential to preserving an attractive smile, but for an array of health reasons as well. There are many risks associated with poor oral hygiene such as gum disease, cavities, infections and worse, but these risks can most often be entirely averted with just two yearly teeth cleanings.


The effects of modern technology on cosmetics have been anything but slight. Age can be defied and years reversed through the advances in cosmetic surgery. But few cosmetic procedures can be as profound on appearance as repairing cracked, stained, or crooked teeth. For this reason, the importance of cosmetic dentistry cannot be underestimated. Therefore, the significant advancement of modern technology applied to cosmetic dentistry is amazing.


While we all want our kids to have good dental habits, it’s challenging without having a hint of how to do that. To help, Dr. Miller and our staff at Community Dental Group offer these 7 straight-forward suggestions:

1. An Early Start: As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, make daily cleaning a habit.  Later on, cleaning will become brushing, but that switch is easier when the habit is already in place.

2. Consistent Times: Have a set cleaning time, twice a day, everyday for cleaning/brushing and flossing to guard against tooth decay and gum disease.

3. Fluoride Use: Your child’s tooth enamel can be strengthened by cleaning with a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste. But try to not let them swallow any.

4. Smart Eating: With a well-balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, dairy and whole grains, your child will have healthier teeth and gums.

5. First Dental Visit:  Your child can be seen by a pediatric dentist within 6 months after the first tooth erupts, which is usually around age 1, as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends.   Dr. Miller begins seeing pediatric patients at age 3.

6. Regular Dental Visits: Make sure your child sees Dr. Miller every six months to prevent cavities, confirm normal development and guard against oral health issues.

7. Dental Sealing: Talk to Dr. Miller about applying a sealant to protect back teeth from cavities.

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