Oral Health News

December 2017

Wash often for a healthy winter

Our mouths are full of germs that need to be washed away to stay healthy. Brush every morning and night for two minutes and clean between your teeth at least once a day. Brushing without flossing is kind of like washing your hands without scrubbing between your fingers. Think of all the germs you are leaving behind!

When to wash:

  • Before and after preparing food or eating
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick or injured
  • Before putting in contact lenses
  • After using the restroom or changing a diaper
  • After touching an animal or their toys, food or waste
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose (or wiping a child’s nose)
  • After handling garbage
  • After running errands or playing outside

Tips for clean hands:

  • Rub hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Scrub the palms, backs, wrists, between the fingers and under nails
  • Dry with a clean towel or air dryer
  • Use a towel or elbow to turn off faucet
  • Use hand sanitizer if there is no soap and hands do not look dirty