Ways to maintain your personal hygiene

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Ways to maintain your personal hygiene
Hand washing is a very important part of hygiene. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Maintaining your personal hygiene is necessary for a variety of reasons, including social and health reasons. Maintaining a high standard of hygiene is an important part of preventing the development and spread infections and illnesses. Hygiene also affects your social life and how you feel about yourself. Good hygiene helps you to feel confident and healthy and can make interacting with others easier and more pleasant.

Bathing and Washing

Bathing regularly is important. You come into contact with bacteria and germs throughout the day during activities such as taking out the trash, changing a diaper, cleaning the bathroom and preparing meals. Always make sure that you wash your hands with warm water and soap after coming into contact with potentially harmful materials.

When showering, pay particular attention to the face, feet, armpits and genitals, as these areas are particularly prone to odours and infection. Also focus on cleaning and trimming your nails. On a daily basis, your nails collect dirt, debris, germs and bacteria that stay under your nail until you clean it out. To do this, you need a nailbrush and/or a nail fail to scrape away collected dirt.

Ways to maintain your personal hygiene
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Hair Hygiene

Washing and conditioning your hair with products for your hair type is also an important part of your hygiene regimen. Avoid washing your hair to frequently, which can damage the hair and dry out the scalp. Hair can always be rinsed without applying products to rinse away dirt, while allowing natural oils to remain. Clean your combs and brushes at least once a week, removing hair, washing with soap and water and allowing to air dry.

Ways to maintain your personal hygiene
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Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining a healthy mouth. Brush twice a day, when you wake up and before bed. Over-brushing can be just as detrimental as not brushing enough. While inadequate brushing can cause cavities and plaque build-up, brushing to frequently or too hard can wear away the outer layer of enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and susceptible to decay and other problems. Purchase a new toothbrush every three months. You should also floss once a day. Flossing is as important as brushing because it removes food from in between your teeth that brushing cannot remove. Not flossing can lead to cavities and bad breath.

Ways to maintain your personal hygiene
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