Personal hygiene is something everyone is expected to know but no one ever wants to talk about. It is one of those things that one simply does not discuss either because it’s too personal or just not important enough.
Hygiene is far more important than just using a good mouthwash or wearing an effective deodorant.
There is a reason why your dentist always recommends that you pay attention to your toothbrush every time you visit him. It’s because there is a direct relation between oral health and a good toothbrush. Investing in a solid toothbrush, even if it’s expensive is critical to dental care. And when you have bought the toothbrush, make sure you brush for the recommended two minutes twice a day.
Everyone knows flossing is important, but when it comes down to practice what you know, there are few takers. Flossing isn’t highly recommended by dentist for nothing. It’s widely acknowledged benefits include fresh breath and lower incidence of gum disease.
Although not widely known, tongue is the number one cause of bad breath. Plus build up on your tongue can be unsightly. So make sure you give your tongue proper attention while brushing. This usually means giving it a good scrub with a tongue scraper preferably.
Showering and washing face
Getting a shower is a no-brainer when it comes to body hygiene. However, there is some debate on the frequency. Most individuals can do without a daily shower. Showering every day strips the body of necessary oils in your skin and hair. If you need to shower every day, don’t shampoo your hair every time; instead shampoo your hair every other day.
When it comes to washing your face, you can either use your face cleanser in the shower or wash your face separately outside the bath.
The skin on your face is more sensitive than on other parts of your body so make sure you get a suitable face cleaner.
Adopting hygienic food habits is an important part of overall body hygiene.
Here are some tips to up your food hygiene levels:
• Use paper towels to clean up during food preparation and serving
• Change gloves, dishes and utensils when changing functions. For instance use one pair of gloves for handling vegetables and another pair while handling meat
• Do not wipe your hands on your clothing as this spreads microbes and bacteria
• Prepare precooked frozen foods exactly as per directions/instructions
• Have foods ready not any longer than necessary before serving time
• Prepare and cook only as much food as you need
• Wash and sanitize utensils which fall to the floor
• Do not taste foods with any utensil used either to mix or stir food
• Pick up and hold all tableware by the handles
• Store utensils, food plates and other tableware away from dust
• Turn handles of saucepans away from the front of the stove when cooking
Trimming nails, hair cut
Keeping your fingernails trimmed seems like an obvious routine of hygiene but surprisingly it isn’t. Many individuals wear their nails long. Eventually they chew them or gnaw at them. Give your nails a trim once a week. Also trim your toenails. But don’t trim the toenails too close to the flesh. Toenails that are cut too short can grow back into your flesh, leaving you with ingrown toenails.
For men, it’s hygienic to get a haircut or trim every 4 to 6 weeks.
Regarding facial hair, whether you sport a full beard or a moustache, it’s important you trim it regularly and keep it groomed.