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It’s National Hand Washing Awareness Week

Did you know that the first week of December is National Hand Washing Awareness Week? Not only is hand washing important for your overall hygiene, but for dental too.

As a kid, your mom emphasized keeping your hands clean. Clean hands help prevent sickness, so it’s important to learn the basics of hand washing.

National Hand Washing Awareness Activities

  • Do it right. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Get a good lather between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Remember the five steps. Teach your kids to “wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry.”

If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. However,

  • Sanitizers don’t get rid of all germs.
  • Hand sanitizers may not be effective when your hands are greasy and dirty.
  • Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from your hands.


Hand washing goes hand-in-hand with brushing your teeth, get it? There are enough germs in your mouth as is, no need to add more by sticking dirty hands in there.

Replace your toothbrush after a cold, flu, or an infection. Germs can hide on your toothbrush bristles and lead to re-infection.

Take Care of Your Teeth

Here are some friendly tips from Dr. Nick,

  • First, replace your toothbrush: Toothbrushes need to be replaced every 3 months or earlier if the bristles fray or flatten.
  • Secondly, take care of your tongue: As well as teeth, the tongue needs to be cleaned too. Whenever you brush your teeth, take some time to scrape your tongue to prevent bacteria that causes bad breath. You can either use your brush or a tongue scraper. If you are looking for a tongue cleaner, Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy Tri-Angle™tongue cleaner is carefully angled to follow the natural curves of the human tongue.
  • Thirdly, floss before brushing: Flossing first makes brushing more effective by removing the particles of food that gets trapped between your teeth.
  • Finally, minimize the intake of food that can stain your teeth: Certain foods or drinks such as coffee, wine and blueberries are likely to stain your teeth. Every time you eat/drink something that may cause teeth discoloration, rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or even water. Munch on veggies and fruits that are good for your teeth such as apple, carrots and celery.
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