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Hygiene Basics

Personal hygiene is an important step in staying healthy. Neglecting your personal hygiene is not only a nuisance to others; it may also cause health problems such as gum disease from not brushing your teeth.

Every external body part requires basic care and grooming on a regular basis to maintain good hygiene and ward off serious infections and diseases. Consider these personal hygiene suggestions for good health:

Hair Care

  • Keep your hair at a manageable length that is easy to maintain and care for.

  • Wash your hair at least every other day using shampoo and conditioner.

  • Brush your hair three to four times per day with a soft bristle brush or comb.

  • Consider washing your brush or comb when you wash your hair.

General Body Care

  • Take a bath or shower once per day, especially if you live in a warmer climate.

  • Bathe immediately after engaging in exercise or physical activity.

  • Use a mild soap to lather your entire body thoroughly and dry yourself with a clean towel when done.

  • Put on clean clothes once you finish bathing.

  • Women should change tampons and pads when menstruating as suggested by manufacturers to avoid odors and infections.

Oral Care

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes in the morning, in the evening and after eating a meal. Some electric toothbrushes will time your brushing for you, making it even easier.

  • Pay particular attention to the crevices between your teeth, your molars and even

  • your tongue while brushing.

  • Floss your teeth daily.

  • Use mouthwash to ensure fresh breath after brushing.

Hand Care

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating, after using the bathroom, after sneezing or coughing, after changing a diaper or after handling animals.

  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel after washing.

  • Keep your fingernails at a manageable length by cutting or filing them often.

Foot Care

  • Wear clean, cotton socks daily and consider placing fresh-smelling powder in your shoes to suppress odors.


This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. For further information, please consult a medical professional.

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