Good Personal Hygiene Practices

Summary

Personal hygiene refers to how you take care of your body. This practice includes: bathing every day, washing your hands and cleaning your finger nails, brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes, etc. Germs inter the body through the mouth, nose, eyes, or ears. We need to keep our body clean because every day we come into contract with germs and viruses, some of which can make you sick.

Good hygiene begins by developing good hygiene habits. Poor hygiene causes body odor, greasy skin, stomach viruses, pink eye, and plaque buildup on teeth.

Poor dental hygiene can cause bad breath and plaque buildup. It can also cause heart disease.

If you do not feel to well, you also must practice good hygiene as well.

Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze. Throw away soiled tissues.
Wipe down shared surfaces with an antibacterial wipe or liquid.

Personal Hygiene Practices

Hands Hygiene

Wash your hands when you: use the toilet, before you handle food and before you eat, when you handle garbage, when you sneeze, and when you touch an animal. Wash your hands after helping others clean themselves.

  1. Wash hands after you use the restroom.
  2. Wash with soap. Clean between your fingers, back of your hands, and under your nails. Sing your favourite nursery rhyme while you wash your hands.
  3. Rinse with water and dry with a clean towel.
Trim nails regularly to keep them short and clean. Remove buildup, dirt, and germs from under the nails. By age 7 you should be ready to keep your nails clean.

Shower Hygiene

Everyone must wash and bathe daily to remove dead skin cells, bacteria and oily residue. Your hair should be washed at least twice a week.

Shower with soap. Use a scrub to help remove dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils. Wash all body parts. Avoid getting the soap suds in your eyes. Also, wash your hair and scalp with shampoo and condition the hair to help detangle it.

Brushing Teeth

Care for your teeth to prevent gum diseases and cavities. Brush when you awake, before you go to bed, and after every meal. Floss daily and use an antibacterial mouthwash.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes.

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