Oral Hygiene

We all live in a health-conscious society. People of all ages recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle: a balanced diet, regular exercise, plenty of water and a good night sleep. But did you know that good oral hygiene is also a step towards a healthier life?

Recent research suggests there may be a link between gum disease and other health problems such as heart disease, strokes, bacterial pneumonia, premature delivery, low birth-weight babies and diabetes.

Oral hygiene is an integral part of our overall health. Optimal dental care is essential since the mouth, teeth, tongue and gums play important roles in our food digestion and nutrition. Proper oral hygiene is essential for the teeth, mouth, gums and tongue to prevent dental problems and health issues in the long run. Tooth decay, periodontal disease and halitosis (bad breath) are just a few of the problems that can develop as a result of poor oral hygiene.

Practical Dental Hygiene Tips

  • Always brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day. Spend at least 2 minutes when brushing your teeth.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months for maximum brushing effectiveness. The older your toothbrush, the less effective it is. When using a manual toothbrush, make sure to use a soft bristled brush. We also advocate using an electronic/ultrasonic toothbrush. This type of brush is more thorough in removing plaque and gentler on gum tissue.
  • Always floss before or after brushing. Dental floss is used to remove plaque and debris between teeth (a common site for dental cavities).
  • Visit our office at least every six months for optimal oral health.
  • Have bite-wing radiographs taken once a year to evaluate for cavities, especially in between teeth.

Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health care professionals who have completed extensive educational and clinical preparation in preventive oral health care.  Hygienists are often responsible for performing professional dental cleanings, removing hardened plaque (tartar) and calculus deposits, taking X-rays and identifying cavities, tooth fractures, etc.  Because dental hygienists specialize in preventive oral health care, they educate their patients on oral health and its effect on overall health. Dental hygienists also evaluate how their recommendations are working and, when necessary, consult with the doctors to revise treatment as it progresses to help patients achieve their oral health goals.

Drs. Limbaugh and Stephenson are dentists providing dental procedures such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, teeth whitening, dental implants, and porcelain veneers in Huntsville.
Dr. Limbaugh and Dr. Stephenson are licensed as general dentists in the State of Alabama.