hygiene habits

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on all of our health but practicing good hygiene get help us all stay safe and, importantly, healthy. Here are four good hygiene habits to get into.

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Flossing Your Teeth

Learning how to clean your teeth properly is one thing but getting people to floss can often be a real struggle for many dentists up and down the country. It’s important to floss at least once a day where possible in addition to brushing your teeth twice a day, normally once in the morning and then again at night before bed. Implant dentures are great for replacing missing teeth and much better than traditional dentures, but if you can avoid the need for them altogether by practicing regularly flossing your teeth, then this is much more ideal for your long-term teeth and gum health. This is one key hygiene habit that you should try to work really hard to adopt.

Washing Your Hands

Now, you should be washing your hands regularly as it is – especially after using the bathroom. However, in the age of a global pandemic, this has never been more crucial. You should thoroughly wash your hands with hand soap or antibacterial gel for a good two minutes whenever you leave or arrive at a new surface or venue. Getting home after traveling on public transports, or before prepping food for a meal are two ideal instances where you should be washing your hands before and after. Practising good hand washing techniques will put you less at risk of picking up any viral diseases such as COVID-19 and boost your health for the long-term. Try and get into the habit of regularly washing your hands and soon you won’t even think twice about it.

Bathe Regularly

If you’re not showering or bathing at least every other day, then you probably ought to consider your personal hygiene a bit more. Regular bathing is crucial to staying fresh and clean and is a surprisingly important way to avoid illness. Your body is always shedding skin and washing is the way to remove this. If you leave it to build up, then you are more susceptible to ailments as a result of this. Washing your bodily and head hair is also key for good levels of hygiene and you should be thoroughly shampooing and conditioning these areas on a regular basis. 

Clip Your Nails

The sight of grubby fingers or toenails can be extremely repulsive to many, so be sure to regularly clip your nails to avoid this embarrassment. Not only is it embarrassing, but it also unhygienic and uncomfortable to have longer fingers and toenails as dirt – and therefore disease – can easily get trapped underneath them. Keeping nails trimmed will avoid problems such as infected nails too. Plus, feet that are well kept and clean are also less likely to attract fungal problems such as athlete’s foot, for example. Get into the habit of clipping your nails and this will end up making quite a sizeable improvement to your overall health, believe it or not.

Purnima Madaan
Purnima is the brain behind #ootdiva and loves to brag about it. She is a personal stylist, a trained make-up artist and a professional content writer. You can follow her on Instagram at @PurnimaMadaan

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