How to Maintain Good Hygiene
Proper hygiene is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle.
1. Brush your teeth twice a day
Even if you're in a hurry, brushing your teeth will remove bits of food, bacteria, and stains that can cause problems if left to fester. Try brushing once in the morning and once before you go to bed, and spend at least two minutes each time you brush.If you are constantly on the go, have a travel toothbrush in you purse or briefcase so you can pop into the bathroom at work.Spend equal time brushing the front, back, and tops of your teeth, especially the molars.
2. Floss at least once a day
Your dentist is not lying when he says this is one of the most overlooked hygiene regiments in America. Regular flossing cleans the parts of your teeth a brush can't reach and stimulates healthy gum growth.Using a short piece of floss, get in between your teeth and along the gum line, using your fingers to add pressure.Take to your orthodontist about ways to floss if you have braces, such as dental threads.Be sure to clean in between your back teeth too, using the floss around all sides of the molars.Mouthwash does not physically remove plaque and food and is not a substitute for flossing.
3. Schedule regular visits to the dentist
While going to the dentist every six months is not strictly necessary for healthy adults, children and those with dental issues should talk to their dentists about frequent checkups. Monitor your teeth, note any changes or worrisome pains, and get your teeth professionally cleaned at a minimum of once year.Smokers, diabetics, and people with a history of cavities should see the dentist twice a year or more.
Bathing removes the oils, dirt, dead skin bacteria that you accumulate every day and is essential to having good hygiene. Showering frequently is the most important hygienic habit you can develop for your hair and skin.If you don't have access to a shower, a cloth and some water will help remove dirt and irritants from your skin.Showering too frequently can be bad for your skin as well once a day is enough.
5. Take short warm showers instead of long hot showers
Long showers don't only waste water and electricity, they can clog your pores and dry out your skin. The heat is also tough on your hair. A short shower is all you need and will promote healthy skin.
6. Scrub your body well
Using soap and a loofah, sponge, or washcloth, wash your entire body well to scrub off dirt and skin. This allows new skin to grow and prevents infections or excess bacteria.Be sure to wash the areas you don't immediately think of feet, butt, genitals, and back.Try blasting 10-20 seconds of cold water right before you get out of the shower to close your pores and prevent sweating when you get out.
7. Do not shampoo every day unless you have very oily hair
Shampoo removes dirt and grime, but it also strips your hair of natural oils needed for clean, healthy hair. Many dermatologists believe it is actually healthier to shampoo every few days than daily. When you wash your head, be sure to scrub you scalp lightly with your fingers to remove dead skin cells.Always use conditioner after shampooing to return healthy oils back to your hair.
8. Wash your hands frequently
The majority of food borne diseases are caused by human contamination, and the number one culprits are dirty hands. Protect yourself and people around you by washing your hands for 20 seconds using soap and warm water after using the bathroom, going outside, or handling food.If possible, turn the faucet off with your elbow to prevent recontamination.
9. Wash and disinfect your home surfaces regularly
The kitchen and the bathroom build up bacteria quickly, so stay ahead of the game by regularly wiping down your counter-tops, sinks, and toilets whenever they get dirty. Don't leave crumbs or food around your kitchen overnight, as this attracts ants and germs.Use a disinfected spray in you bathroom and kitchen once every few weeks.Dry surfaces after cleaning them so that they don't grow mold.Don't forget to steam or disinfect your curtains and furniture at least once a year too.
10. Keep food preparation areas clean and organized
Always use separate knives, cutting boards, and pans for raw meat, and wash dishes as soon as you can to prevent mold and germs.Designate certain utensils as meat only so that you dont get confused cooking.
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