Reduce your chances of getting sick.

Considering that you could come into contact with hundreds of thousands of different germs in just 30 minutes at work, home, or while running errands, it’s impressive that illness doesn’t happen more often! Thankfully, a healthy immune system helps our bodies fight bad bacteria and viruses, but we also need to give it a helping hand. Yes, a literal helping hand and by that we mean handwashing.

The best way of reducing your chances of picking up an illness or cold is to wash your hands often and with the proper technique. Although it seems deceptively simple, proper handwashing can quite literally save lives by drastically reducing our chances of not only getting sick but also passing those bad germs to others who may also get ill. Science shows that effective handwashing habits can reduce common illnesses like respiratory infections and foodborne illness by 20 to 50%!

When Thorough Handwashing Is Most Needed

Did you know that a quick trip to a private or public bathroom can easily double the number of germs on your hands? Yikes! Skipping bathroom handwashing is also the culprit for another unsettling statistic — randomized studies have found fecal matter on a startling number of phones and credit cards.

It goes without saying that washing your hands after using the bathroom is critically important. Another very important time to wash up is before eating and before, during, and after cooking in order to reduce the chances of food-related bacteria.

You should also wash your hands before and after caring for someone who is injured or unwell, after handling garbage, recycling, pet waste, and their receptacles, after touching surfaces in public areas or high-traffic areas in your home, and after sneezing or coughing.

Follow these steps when you wash your hands.

When you wash your hands you want to use the right technique. Handwashing seems simple but only about 5% of people in randomized studies actually wash properly.

Here are the steps for a thorough handwashing session:

  1. Wet your hands with any temperature water.
  2. Apply soap and work into a lather.
  3. Scrub the soap lather all over your hands, up to wrists.
  4. Pay close attention to cleaning around fingers and fingernails.
  5. Rinse with clean, running water.
  6. Air dry or dry your hands with a clean towel.

Hand sanitizer is also a useful tool for cleaning your hands when you can’t use soap and water. However, it’s highly recommended to follow up with proper handwashing when you can.

We prioritize your health at Cooley-Bentz Dental Associates.

In addition to encouraging frequent handwashing and providing access to hand sanitizer, our team goes to great lengths to ensure our facility is hygienic and safe for our patients. We meet and exceed sanitization standards and continue to screen patient pre-appointment to ensure everyone in our office is healthy.

You can learn more about our protocols by calling our office or using this online form.