Our Diamond Bar children’s dentist wants to discuss handwashing. We understand that COVID is taking its course in the world right now, so we want to make sure that our patients and their families are taking the extra precautions to keep themselves safe. It is a stressful time in our world, and we do not want to stress out our patients more than they already might be. However, our Diamond Bar children’s dentist firmly believes that you will feel a little better after reading this blog.
Reminder From your Diamond Bar Children’s Dentist
As a reminder, we, of course, want you all to remember to practice your good oral hygiene. As a pediatric dentistry, we want to make sure that our patients are still brushing and flossing their teeth at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing help to keep bacteria from growing in between our teeth and gums. The better our patients are about keeping their teeth clean mean that they are less likely to have come into the office for emergency dental work. At this time we are not seeing regular patients for regular check-ups and cleanings. We are only seeing patients for emergency dental needs.
This is a really important time to be extra cautious about our dental cleaning. Since we are not able to see you, please practice exceptional dental hygiene. Once we can see our patients, we are hoping not to see an increase in cavities!
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Washing your hands is essential. Before there was a virus, people still should have been washing their hands frequently. Our Diamond Bar children’s dentist wants you to know that there are numerous reasons why you should wash your hands throughout the day. If you are leaving your home, washing your hands after touching publicly used items such as door handles, gas pumps, and shopping carts, can help to avoid picking up a virus or bacteria.
Another reason why washing our hands is essential is because, on average, humans tend to touch their faces without thinking, multiple times a day. If we are out and touch an object and we pick up those germs and then put those germs on our faces, it can lead to getting sick. You want to avoid touching your face as much as possible. If you find that it is hard, then wash your hands as frequently as you can. You can also carry wipes with you so you can wipe down these objects before you touch them. Carrying high alcohol percentage hand sanitizer can be an alternative for you to stay clean and safe until you can go and adequately wash your hands.
How to Properly Wash Your Hands
This seems pretty self-explanatory, right? Washing our hands has been something we have been doing for ages! However, not all children and even some adults properly wash their hands. There are five easy steps to properly washing your hands!
- Wet your hands with hot or cold water, turn off the tap, and lather your hands with soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing your hands and the soap together. Make sure to get the backs of your hands, under your nails, and in between your fingers.
- You need to scrub your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. While scrubbing, remember to get your entire hand, including areas up to the wrist.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Make sure to dry your hands with clean towels or paper towels. To help keep your hands clean in a public place, take a paper towel and use it to let yourself out of the bathroom to avoid picking up more germs on your way out.
Remember to wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Our Diamond Bar children’s dentist recommends washing before and after prepping human or dog food, after using the restroom, before and after caring for someone who is sick, after blowing your nose, after coughing, and after sneezing.
We hope you found our Diamond Bar children’s dentist discusses handwashing blog helpful. We want to make sure that all of our patients are healthy and happy. We also do not want to see more cavities, but it does happen, and we will be here for our patients. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We know a lot is going on in the world, if you have a dental emergency, call us immediately. If you would like more information, please visit our Hacienda Pediatric Dentistry website.