Personal hygiene involves properly caring for your body by keeping it clean and healthy while allowing you to look and feel your best. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, it is also a highly effective way for you to protect yourself from illness and infection.
Good hygiene habits remove harmful substances which may encourage bacterial growth and will help to fight skin infection, prevent injuries and keep your mouth healthy.
Bathing (showering, sponge baths or taking a bath) can improve blood flow and promote relaxation. It also helps to wash off bacteria, perspiration and dirt.
Hair care involves daily brushing or combing, which helps to stimulate your scalp’s circulation and disperse your scalp’s natural oils to the end of your hair shaft. Hair should be shampooed on a regular basis (at least once weekly).
Keeping your nails trimmed and clean will be both attractive and healthy since bacteria can harbor beneath your nails. Good hand washing habits can help to protect you from contracting the flu, colds and other communicable illnesses.
Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth may prevent bacterial overgrowth which can lead to mouth sores, gum disease and bad breath.
According to the Mayo Clinic, gum disease can allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream, carrying it to other areas of your body where it can result in health issues such as cardiovascular disease.