How can we help you?
We know you have many choices when it comes to finding a dentist in the Humble, TX area and that finding the practice that is right for you is a big decision.
If you have questions, take a moment to read through our most common ones below. If your question is not listed here, you are welcome to give us a call or email us to get the answers you need.
We are honored that you are considering Humble Dentistry for your family's dental needs. Dr. Appel and our entire team look forward to welcoming you.
Protect Your Teeth
Sealants are a thin protective layer for the grooves in the chewing surface of teeth. They act like a hard hat and protect the grooves from food, acid, and harmful bacteria that may lead to cavities. The can work well for both children and adults on permanent teeth that do not already have fillings, crowns, or cavities.
Change Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months
Contrary to popular belief, you should not wait until your next 6 month dental checkup to change your toothbrush.
We recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months or when you notice the bristles fraying. Many toothbrush manufacturers design the bristles to change color when it is time for a new brush or electric brush head. You may notice the blue or green color start to change to white on the tips of many Oral-B brushes.
We recommend that everyone brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes twice per day. Some patients may benefit from more frequent brushing especially if they currently have braces.
In general, our healthiest patients with the best oral hygiene are those that use an electric toothbrush. Good oral hygiene depends on the removal of plaque from the teeth. Plaque is the sticky yellow film that harbors bacteria and contributes to inflammation, gum disease, and tooth decay.
An electric toothbrush can be especially helpful for those with braces or other oral appliances, those who struggle with manual dexterity, or those that have very hard to reach places. We would love it if all of our patients used an electric toothbrush, which is why we have both Sonicare and Oral-B toothbrushes available in the office.
What Research Says
Don’t just take our word for it though, our recommendation is based on the best available research. In 2014, the Cochrane Group conducted a systematic review comparing manual and powered toothbrushes. They found that using an electric toothbrush resulted in a 21% reduction in plaque after 3 months of use. It also resulted in an 11% reduction in gingivitis after three months as well. That may not sound like a lot, but better removal of plaque will contribute to a healthier mouth and lower the risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay.
Preventive dentistry in Humble, TX is the foundation for healthy teeth and gums. Our dentist provides treatments, procedures, restorations, and safeguards to protect your oral health throughout the years. This is not limited to teeth cleanings and exams!
Preventive dentistry also includes:
- Fluoride treatments
- Custom nightguards for teeth grinding and clenching
- Custom mouthguards for sports
- Any specific treatment meant to protect your oral health
Prevention starts at home with a good oral hygiene routine. This means brushing and flossing at least twice per day and avoiding sugary drinks and snacks.
Patients who follow good oral hygiene routines have fewer cavities and less incidence of gum disease.
Unfortunately, brushing and flossing alone will not remove stubborn bacteria and plaque. For this portion of preventive dentistry, you’ll need twice-yearly cleanings with our dental hygienist—more often if you have gum disease or are prone to cavities. Our hygienist has the right tools to clear away even the most stubborn bacteria and tartar.
Beyond a good home routine and regular cleanings, it’s important to visit our top Humble, TX dentist at least twice per year for exams and x-rays. We use safe x-rays that provide high-definition images. This helps our dentist pick up on subtle oral changes between appointments.
In your dental exam, we will assess:
- Your teeth and gums
- Periodontal health, including gums and bone
- Any suspicious lesions