Health and Hygiene in the Home

Media surrounding health over the past couple years has mainly covered COVID and paid little attention to simple personal hygiene. Good personal hygiene is essential to stay clean, healthy, and prevent illness.

Good personal hygiene includes:

  • Washing your hands regularly.
  • Cleaning your body every day.
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day.

Personal hygiene information and tips are provided below.

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Hand Washing

Many illnesses are spread from hand to mouth contamination. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds. Make sure to scrub everywhere, including underneath your fingernails. Be sure to dry your hands with something clean.

Wash your hands:

  • After using the restroom.
  • After touching animals.
  • If you have been in proximity to someone who has/potentially has a contagious illness.
  • Before making food.
  • After making food.
  • Any other time you feel it is necessary.

Body Odor

There are many different factors that go into unpleasant body smells. Some of which include:

  • Bacteria living on the skin feeding on sweat and dead skin cells.
  • Unwashed clothing.
  • Chemicals in sweat.

Possible ways to rid yourself of body odor:

  • Shower or bathe everyday.
  • Wear deodorant or antiperspirant. 
  • Wash your clothes regularly and make sure to wear clean clothes.

Bad Breath

Maintaining good dental hygiene is very important. Bad breath can be caused by various things, including disease or infection of the teeth or gums. In order to keep your dental hygiene pristine and your breath smelling fresh, you need to:

  • Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Make sure to brush in circular motions and get every spot of each tooth, front and back, and your tongue.
  • Floss everyday.

Note: If you think that you have a dental health problem, you should see a dental care specialist!

Good personal hygiene is an effective way to prevent illnesses and infections. We can protect ourselves and others by maintaining good hygiene and sharing our knowledge with others.

Note: For serious health problems, see a health care specialist!