Welcome to the Dental FAQs provided by Royal Dental in Humble, TX. Our frequently asked questions page is here to provide answers to our patients commonly asked questions about dentistry. Notice we are missing something you’d like to know on the FAQs? Let us know; we’re always happy to answer any frequently asked questions you may have about dentistry, dental care, dental treatments and even our dental practice.

What causes tooth decay?

Dental decay is caused when bacteria in the mouth create acids; you can remove the bacteria and acids in your mouth by properly practicing at home dental care on a daily basis.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?-

We recommend replacing your toothbrush at least every 3 months, however, if you have been sick or notice your brush is damaged, replace it immediately.

How often should I brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. However, we recommend brushing your teeth after each meal (if you can’t do that, at least rinse with mouthwash).

How often should I floss?

We recommend flossing all of your teeth at least once a day.

Should I clean my tongue?

Of course! Just like every other part of your mouth, bacteria live on the tongue and can contribute to bad breath, decay and even gum disease.

When should my baby first see the dentist?

We recommend bringing your child in for their first visit once their first tooth has erupted, however by their first birthday should be fine.

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

We recommend “brushing” before they ever have any teeth using a soft cloth. Gently wipe their gums, this will remove bacteria and get them used to the idea of “dental care.”

What is the best kind of toothbrush?

We recommend only using a soft-bristled toothbrush. In terms of electric vs. manual, they can both be equally effective as long as the patient is properly brushing.

How often should I get dental checkups?

For most patients, we recommend dental checkups and cleanings every 6 months. However, those with chronic decay, infections or gum disease may need to visit more often.