How often & how to brush you child’s teeth!

Hello, My name is Dr. Dath Collins and I would love to be your dentist. Oftentimes, I get questions from my patients in regards to their young children and how often and how to brush their teeth; When can they do it on their own?

So, I have shot this little short video of my son and myself and what we do when we get out of the bathtub and brush his teeth. The rule of thumb is that you need to come behind them and help them with the tooth brushing and flossing until they can really do it right for themselves. So, let’s just watch Harrison and me get his teeth brushed.

“All right,  here we go, all right? We are going to get those sugar bugs tonight. All right, and we are going to use this. This is your favorite Transformer’s tooth brush. We are going to get to brushing first and then we are going to get those flossers.”

“All of those flossers,” Harrison says.

Dr. Collins shows Harrison his children’s toothpaste and asks, “Do you like this Strawberry Flavor? Is that yummy?”

Harrison says, “Yeah!”

Dr. Collins: ”All right, lets put a little bit on here.”

Harrison gets his tooth brush a little bit wet and shows his dad how well he can brush his teeth.

Dr. Collins praises him and tells him to get the sugar bugs! Then he tells him, “All right, Daddy’s Turn.”  He chases the sugar bugs. Brushing all over Harrison’s teeth and mouth.

Harrison reminds him, once he is done, that there is one more sugar bug in his mouth. “There is one right there,” and points to his front teeth.

They rinse off his tooth brush and then proceed to grab the flossers.

Harrison asks if he can see the sugar bugs when he rinses his mouth.

“Now we are going to use these flossers,” Dr. Collins says. He is using the flossing picks because they are easy to use for children.

“You like these?” Dr. Collins asks Harrison. “We like these because these are eeeeasy.”

“They’re so good!” Harrison says as he grabs the floss pick and starts flossing.

“Show me how to do that.”

“OK. Good job! Get those sugar bugs. We get those sugar bugs that hide in between the teeth. OK, daddy’s turn,” Dr. Collins says as he watches Harrison floss and then helps him floss.

Harrison insists on getting the side teeth as well before Dr. Collins takes over. “I gotta get these side ones.”

“OK. Get the side ones and then it’s daddy’s turn,” Dr. Collins says.

“I got them,” Harrison says.

“Get the back ones. This is great for cleaning in between the teeth. Excellent. Right in the front there.” Dr. Collins continues to chase the sugar bugs, noticing tight contacts in between the teeth. This is an area that needs to be cleaned especially with floss because the tooth brush cannot clean so well there.

Dr. Collins asks, “How do they feel?”

Harrison says, “Good!”

“Nice and clean. Can I get a thumbs up?” Dr. Collins says.

They both give a thumbs up at the end with BIG SMILES!

Dr. Ron Collins and Dr. Dath Collins are father and son. They practice at their family dental practice in Houston, TX  called Royal Oaks Dentistry. Visit their website to learn more about their practice and if you need a new dental home.


Why Dr. Ron Collins chose to practice dentistry in West Houston.

Hello, my name is Ron Collins. I am a general dentist and native Texan. In my senior year in dental school, I was looking all over town for opportunities for where to practice. I knew that at some point I wanted to practice on the West Side because that’s where I raised my family in Houston.  My first office was located near South Gessner. It was a rental structure and I was there for about 6 years.  During that time, I found this piece of land which I was able to begin purchasing and, after it was paid for, we were able to construct this building and have enjoyed practicing here since 1979.

About Royal Oaks Dentistry- Houston, Texas (Dr. Dath Collins)


Hi, my name is Dr. Dath Collins and I’d love to be your dentist. I practice dentistry in West Houston.  We’ve been at this location since 1979.  I’ve been in this practice with my father, Dr. Ron Collins, since 2007.   We practice general dentistry, which means we see all kinds of people from kids that are 1 year old all the way up to my oldest patient of 99 years old and we have several families where we’ve seen 4 generations.

Exposure to Radiation from Digital Dental X-Rays: Should you be concerned?


Dental X-rays are generally a necessary prescribed procedure by your dentist yearly.

Have you ever questioned, why this is necessary yearly because of the exposure to radiation? or…

Have you ever refused dental x-rays because you were concerned about the radiation exposure?

Today, most dental offices have Digital Dental X-rays. Digital Dental X-rays benefit patients because the exposure to radiation has decreased greatly, preventing a large amount of exposure.

When going in for a dental check-up, it is important to remember that your dentist needs X-rays to see many diseases of the mouth that cannot be seen during your visual examination. Decay in-between your teeth and below fillings, damage to the bone from tooth infections, bone loss due to periodontal disease, developmental defects, oral tumors, effects of trauma or force, and un-erupted (??) teeth, are all seen with dental x-rays. If you refuse this process, you are at risk to not identify oral diseases at an early stage which can save you time and money.

According to the American Dental Association, the radiation you receive is minimal. You could expect 0.038 msv from Bitewing X-rays, and 0.150 msv from a full mouth X-ray. When reviewing the numbers below, you can compare digital dental x-rays to other types of X-rays:

Lower Gastrointestinal Tract – 4.060
Chest x-ray – .080
Radiation from space in Denver Co. – 0.510 (per year)
Avg. natural radiation in the US (per year) – 3.00

WOW! The amount of radiation exposure you receive from dental x-rays is minimal compared to the MAJOR Dental problems you can encounter if your dentist cannot identify a disease in your mouth. Those numbers are measured from traditional dental x-rays. Digital Dental X-rays can be up to 80% less than even the traditional dental x-ray. Other reasons why our dentists @ Royal Oaks Dentistry use Digital Dental X-Rays are:

  • Your dentist can view your x-rays immediately.
  • Your dentist can enlarge or zoom into your x-ray. Something that is actually measured in millimeters is exposed in inches.
  • Digital Dental X-rays can be corrected if needed without taking an additional x-ray.
  • Sharing your x-ray is simplified by transmitting them electronically! Your dental insurance claim will be paid faster.
  • Digital Dental X-rays are environmentally friendly!!! Go Green!
  • An estimated 80% less radiation exposure is possible.

Next time you go to the dentist consider the HUGE Dental problems you could encounter for such a small amount of radiation. Not only do digital dental x-rays produce less radiation, dental professionals have created tools and techniques that also eliminate radiation exposure.


Reserve an appointment today at Royal Oaks Dentistry if you would like to have the option of utilizing Digital Dental X-Rays at your next routine dental check up!

Why Dr. Dath Collins became a dentist.

Dr. Dath Collins- 2013 AGD New Dentist of the year:

Hi, my name is Dr. Dath Collins and I’d love to be your dentist. I started here at Royal Oaks Dentistry when I was about 17 and my father asked for some help after school, spring break, during the summers and it was after about a year of working here that I decided that I wanted to be a dentist. There are so many things about dentistry that I find enjoyable from working with my hands to creating smiles, the artistic focus and I love getting to meet new people.