How to Practice Good Hygiene

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Good hygiene is important because it prevents the spreading of germs and gives a person a healthy and clean appearance. This article will educate you on how to practice good hygiene.

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  • Wash your hands after coming into contact with germs, which can be found almost everywhere. When you are preparing uncooked meat or have gone to the bathroom, or done anything that brings your body into contact with germs, it's important to wash your hands. E. coli, hepatitis and other infectious diseases can be transmitted if you bring contaminated hands into contact with someones face or body. It is recommended that you use an antibacterial soap when washing hands to ensure that you kill all, or most, germs that could be present on your hands and forearms.

  • Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day. Brushing your teeth as recommended by your dental professional results in a good, healthy personal appearance and oral health. If you don't brush your teeth as recommended, you could face an array of dental problems including: tooth decay, gingivitis, bad breath and so on. The bacterium that form in your mouth between brushing or overnight causes these dental problems. You are advised to brush your teeth and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash each day at least 2-3 times per day to fight off these bacterium.

  • Bathe daily. Taking a bath is key to more than just your overall hygiene but also results in ridding your body of bacteria. Not bathing can lead to an over accumulation of bacteria that can cause odor and certain types of infection, primarily in women. You are encouraged to bath at least 1-2 times per day with an antibacterial soap. Some antibacterial soaps may cause an allergic reaction. Ask your physician which soap you should use.

  • Wash your hair daily. If you don't wash your hair, you could develop dandruff problems and lice. Ridding yourself of lice can be difficult. Buy a shampoo that fights dandruff and moisturizes and improves the quality of your hair. This is good way to maintain the overall health of your hair. If you have a problem with dry scalp, consult with a dermatologist about the possibility of getting a prescription shampoo.

  • Don't use anything that has come into contact with another person's body fluids. This is a very important step in practicing good hygiene. Don't use or touch syringes or any other type of medical or personal item that has come into contact with another person's fluids. Using someones personal items could put you in danger of contracting a very serious illness or condition. Sometimes, even if you know someone, you should still refrain from her personal items.

Tips & Warnings

  • You only get one body. You are encouraged to take good care of yourself and practice good hygiene.

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