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The Importance of handwashing!

03 May 2023


The importance of handwashing came into sharp focus in recent years because of Covid 19. It is the best way to rid our hands of bacteria and microorganisms that may lead to other infections. Washing several times daily is second nature for many and is good practice. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) advises lathering your hands with soap and wash thoroughly for more than 20 seconds, then rinse and dry. This gives the necessary time for the soap to do its work.

The Dental Health Foundation also recommends making handwashing with soap the first step in your oral hygiene routine.  When you brush your teeth, your hands come into direct contact with your mouth and even go into the mouth when flossing, increasing the risk of spreading bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses such as colds, flu, pneumonia and Covid.

A recent Lancet article highlights the effects of handwashing with soap on acute respiratory illnesses which are a substantial cause of mortality worldwide particularly in low- and middle-income countries.  To read the article click the link.

Practice your oral hygiene with freshly washed hand reduce the risk of potential illness!