How To Control Infections In Your Home
When you're at home, however, the power to control infections is in your hands. Removing all bacteria and germs is next to impossible. Still, there are various ways you can stop their spread, especially in the bathroom and in your mouth. You can control mouth infections from spreading when you:
- Wash Your Hands:
- Probably the most important rule when it comes to cleanliness and overall hygiene. You touch everything with your hands, so make sure they're clean, scrubbed, and healthy.
- Use Mouthwash:
- Consider adding antibacterial mouthwash to your toothbrushing and flossing routine. By doing so, you're eliminating even more germs and the chance for infection.
- Replace Your Toothbrush:
- If you're healthy, replace it every 3 months.
- If you have gum disease, replace it every 4-6 weeks.
- If you've been sick, replace it immediately.
- Clean Your Mouthguard:
- Every morning, brush your mouthguard with toothpaste and a gentle soft toothbrush and rinse your mouthguard with cold water to wash away the germs.
- Clean The Kitchen and Surrounding Areas:
- Clean all the kitchen surfaces in your home as well as other high-traffic locations in your home.
- Clean Your Bedroom:
- Wash your bedroom sheets each week, dust the furniture and bathroom surfaces with an antibacterial cleaner in this area.
- Clean Your Bathroom:
- Every bathroom layout is a little different, be safe and put the lid down before flushing. Bacteria from the toilet can enter the atmosphere.
Your dentist's office should keep your health top of mind and make sure your visits are as clean as possible. But it's you who has control at home. Implement these tips into your oral hygiene routine now, and you won't have to play damage control later.