With the dramatic world changes due to COVID-19, hygiene has been an important part in keeping people safe. More than ever, you are probably hyperconscious about keeping yourself clean. Were you aware, however, that your bodily hygiene can actually affect your oral hygiene? Here at Weston Dental Office, we would like to explain why this is the case, and what you can do to prevent bad hygiene practices from affecting your mouth and teeth.
Bacteria Is Easily Transferable
As the day goes by, your hands collect a shocking amount of bacteria from the things you’ve touched. Whether you notice it or not, humans have been studied to touch their faces around 16 times every hour! During many of these instances, it is easy to touch in/around your mouth area, and the bacteria from your hands can get inside. A lot of these bacteria particles can cause serious problems such as gum disease and other oral infections.
It is also important to properly clean/replace your toothbrush when needed. Did you know that a toothbrush has been known to hold more bacteria than the average toilet seat? When all of that bacteria ends up in your mouth while brushing it increases your risk of infection! To prevent this, make sure to clean your brush every couple of weeks.
Proper Hygiene Removes the Risk of Extra Bacteria
The best way to keep some of the most harmful bacteria out of your mouth is to make sure you’re using the proper hygiene practices. When you wash your hands, make sure you use warm water and soap, then lather for 20 seconds and rinse. If you do not have soap or water on hand, the next best thing is hand sanitizer.
As we have previously mentioned, it is important you clean your brush every couple weeks. How, you ask? The best way to do so is simple — just run your brush under hot water before and after you use it. This hot water will kill the bacteria much more effectively than with warm water.
How We Can Help
Because bacteria can not be seen with the naked eye, it is hard to believe that bodily hygiene greatly affects your oral health. Now that you know it does, we hope that you have learned all the necessary practices to keep both your body and mouth/teeth safe throughout the day. If this isn’t enough and you would like a deeper clean, you’re in luck because we here at Weston Dental Office can help. With our Toronto General Dentistry services, you can be sure that your teeth are taken care of in the best way possible. To find out more, be sure to give us a call at 416-247-1928 today!