Many people have anxiety when it comes to routine dental care. Some people become so fearful that they avoid dental offices altogether. Dr. Maurice Miles of Miles of Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Bowie hopes to help local residents overcome this fear and return to the dentist once again.

“The best way that I can make patients feel comfortable is to educate them about dental treatments and answer any questions that they have,” he says. “I want to make sure that my patients feel that they are more than just a number. I will not make them feel rushed or ignored. My chairside manner is very laid-back, and I take time to get to know everyone that comes in. I want people to attest to the quality of care. In my office, I will get know you, and I will remember you when you come back again.”

Dr. Miles and his family moved to Bowie about 14 years ago. His desire to serve his community and his neighbors made it an easy decision to open a practice in Bowie.

“I love Bowie. It is a very diverse area, the people are great and very supportive of family-owned businesses,” Dr. Miles says. “I love my neighborhood. I wanted to serve and work where I live.”

At a young age, Dr. Miles became interested in dentistry when he went for a treatment with his aunt. When he began attending Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, he knew that dentistry was his calling. After speaking to many doctors and dentists, he was sure of the route he wanted to pursue. He graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry and completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Miles has been a member of committees such as the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners and the American Board of Dental Examiners.

“The importance of being a member of these committees is that I view my profession as being part of the community, and the only way that you can make your profession better is to serve others,” he says. “Even when I was just starting out, I felt it was important to serve and give back to the community by being a part of these groups. These are to protect the profession and serve the public.”

Previously, the state of Maryland did not have a standard of care law for dental practices. Dr. Miles was instrumental in getting a standard of care bill passed and signed by the governor. He worked diligently to ensure that this was done so residents of Maryland could count on this standard of care across the board. He also volunteers his expertise working in the dental industry in Jamaica.

Dr. Miles stresses the importance of consistent dental care. People are more aware than ever before that oral health is tied directly to overall health. Two checkups and cleanings each year can uncover issues that may be completely asymptomatic. It is best to try to keep up with any issues before extreme symptoms arise.

“I am a member of the community; I live here with my family, I shop here, I work here. I am invested in your care and the things you that you care about,” Dr. Miles says. “When you walk into the practice, everyone will be welcomed. Everyone is an individual, and we are committed to your healthcare very seriously and getting you the treatment that you need.”