Change Your Toothbrush – Change Your Life

change your toothbrushYour toothbrush is the most commonly used preventive healthcare device used by people today.  But, is it making you sick? The mouth is the most contaminated part of the human body. So if you change your toothbrush, you may change your life.

Preventative care is the most effective way to improve the health of the U.S. The toothbrush is the most commonly used preventive healthcare device and yet it is making people sick. Brushing your teeth is supposed to be the first line of defense against illness.  When brushing twice a day, you remove pathogens from the mouth.  But this leaves your toothbrush contaminated with up to 100 million germs, and most people use the same toothbrush for months or even more than a year before changing it.

Besides being contaminated with bacteria from your mouth, most people leave their toothbrushes out in the open, near dirty toilets and sinks. Toothbrushes are touched by other people’s hands and other people’s toothbrushes, adding even more contaminants.

So what is the solution? Regular replacement of your toothbrush will help to avoid costly health procedures and infections that may be brought on by the germs on your brush. Not only daily brushing, but the regular replacement of your toothbrush is the best preventative care you can offer your body.

Can Changing Your Toothbrush Change Your Life?|Good Mouth

Droplets From Coughs And Sneezes Travel Far

coughs and sneezesSince we were children, we have learned that we need to cover our mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.  This is to prevent germs from becoming airborne and spreading to others. Some new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology proves this is more important than ever because the droplets from coughs and sneezes travel much farther than previously thought.  Up to 200 times farther.

The research found that droplets from the cough or sneeze travel through interaction with a gas cloud.  You can see a video of a person sneezing that shows the gas cloud carrying droplets as they sneeze here.

There is more research to be done, but for now, the most important thing is to remember to cover that cough or sneeze to prevent the spread of germs. To learn more read the full article from Medical News Today in the link below.

Droplets From Coughs And Sneezes Travel Farther Than You Think|Medical News Today

Is Your Baby’s Pacifier Causing Crankiness?

baby's pacifierIf you have used a pacifier for your baby, you know that it helps to sooth and calm them on most occasions.  But according to some recent studies, binkies could be causing your baby to be crankier. How is your baby’s pacifier causing crankiness?

Binkies are swarming with bacteria, yeast and mold that can actually make your baby sick. They create biofilms, a slimy slick kind of bacteria that affects the healthy balance of microbes in your baby’s mouth.  Often when your baby is fussy, it is because of gas and cramps in their belly.  So parents reach for a pacifier when their baby cries, and it is actually a vicious cycle. According to doctors, biofilms can potentially increase colic, ear infections, allergies and asthma.

So, if this study is making you feel like you want to toss the binkies, there are some advantages to consider when it comes to pacifiers. For one thing, germs are everywhere, not just on binkies, so as long as you are cleaning it if it falls on the floor and washing them on a regular basis, you may be doing enough. Also, studies have shown that babies who use pacifiers are at a decreased risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).  Consider keeping extra clean binkies in a ziploc bag with you when you are out, that way you can replace them if they do get dirty.  When washing pacifiers, use a baking soda solution to help kill germs.

Bacteria on Binkies: A Recipe for Crankiness|Time

Keep Kids Healthy At School

It’s that time of year again. School is back in and along with the homework that is coming home with your child each day is a lot of germs.  One of yo26008037-multicoloured-pencils-in-a-glassur kids may have already gotten sick since school started.  Germs are easily spread at places like school, first, because there are a lot of kids, but second, because many kids don’t really know how to keep the germs away and how not to spread them.  Here are some things that you can teach your children to help them stay healthy this year at school.

Hand washing is important: Be sure your kids understand how important it is that they wash their hands often. They should know to wash their hands before they eat or touch their nose, mouth or eyes.  They need to wash after going to the bathroom or blowing their nose, and after playing outside. Many kids don’t like washing their hands because they look at it as a chore.  Make hand washing fun by singing or reciting a nursery rhyme while they wash.

Teach them the correct way to sneeze and cough: Teach your children the importance of using a tissue to cover their sneeze or cough.  If they can’t find a tissue right away, cough or sneeze into their elbow instead of their hands. After they sneeze or cough they should throw the tissue away and wash their hands.

Don’t share food: It’s good to teach your child to share but when it comes to their food, they are better off eating their own.  Germs can be spread through the sharing of food and drink because, of course, food goes into the mouth.

Healthy eating and exercise: Eating more nutritiously will improve your child’s overall health and immune system.  This will help them from getting sick. Children need exercise to stay healthy. Think of ways to become more active as a family.  Encourage them to ride their bike, play tag, or another game outside.  If it’s too cold, consider going to a school or church gym for a game of basket ball.

Send them to school with their own water bottle: Water fountains are covered in germs.  If the teacher allows it, a good idea is to send your child with his/her own water bottle to reduce their need for using the fountain.

Vaccinations: Keep your child up to date on his/her vaccinations.  It is important for them to build up an immunity to some of the illnesses that will most likely come through the school throughout the year, such as the flu.

Vitamins: Daily vitamins help keep your child healthy and strong.  Kids can be picky eaters and they don’t always get all the vitamins they need through the foods they eat. You can even find chewy, gummy vitamins that most kids enjoy.

Get enough sleep: Your children’s sleep is very important in keeping them healthy and their immune system well. Getting your kids to go to bed can be a battle, but it’s worth the effort.  Start early and have a consistent bed time routine to make it easier.

Keep them home if sick: Lastly, if your child does get sick, keep them home from school.  You don’t want to spread the germs to other children. This is one reason so many sicknesses are spread through the schools each year, because parents send their children to school sick. Most schools recommend students stay home at least 24 hours after a fever.

How To Help Your Child Stay Healthy At School | 1 Dental