As adults, we can find ourselves lecturing our kids about brushing and flossing, wearing their retainers and refraining from biting open containers or removing tags with our teeth; my mum still nags my sister and I about these things. Most of us are hypocrites though because we would rather be covered in baby poo than admit the last time we went to the dentist to the kids.
I don’t need to tell you that teeth are important. Without them, or at least some of them, it would be very difficult to eat and you would probably hear the term ‘hillbilly’ thrown around more often than usual. Mouth health plays a huge role in overall health and is often overlooked, but are we taking the precautions to protect our teeth well and ensure good oral health?
These are all the things we should be doing to look after our teeth, but whether we actually do them or not is another question. Take a look at the list below and start adding these into your routine.
Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth that can cause decay. It also helps remove bacteria that causes bad breath, so you won’t have to worry when you lean in for a kiss. Your brushing movements should be circular and touch every tooth, including those at the far back, which are quite susceptible to cavities if not taken care of properly. If anything, brush your teeth to get rid of that furry feeling that covers your teeth. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day and you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months – changing with the seasons makes it easy to remember.
Colgate and Oral B advertisers love to tell us that brushing isn’t enough, and they’re not lying. Plaque gets stuck inbetween our teeth and around our gumline which can cause cavities and gingivitis. Gingivitis can mean bad breath, bleeding gums and gum inflammation, but flossing regularly will help your mouth health. If gingivitis is left, it can turn into periodontitis, which is gum disease.
Eating And Drinking Well
Not just a good idea for your figure, staying away from sugary snacks is also better for your teeth. Fizzy drinks are also one to avoid if you want to keep your teeth looking and feeling great. Staying away from sugars and starches that stick to your teeth is a great way to keep teeth healthy.
Quitting or not smoking will keep your teeth and mouth health in better condition. Smokers are also more likely to develop periodontitis as opposed to those who don’t smoke.
Prevention over cure people! Regular checkups and dental cleans keep your teeth and gums healthy. They also let you know if you have any warning signs and what you need to focus on. Getting regular checkups is much better than having to get a root canal when your teeth are decaying, therefore you should see your dentist at least once per year to make sure everything is looking good!
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If you have carpets within your home, you know it can be a challenge to keep them clean every day, especially if you have kids or pets. Not only should you keep your carpets in good condition to maintain the overall cleanliness and appearance of your home, but also for health reasons.
According to the ACAAI, dust mites are the most common cause of allergy from house dust and tend to live in pillows, mattresses and carpeting. Although regular dry vacuuming will remove the layer of dust on the surface, dirt and grime still exists deeper within your carpet, and the only way to effectively remove it is to give your carpets a good wash on a regular basis. Below are just three of the many reasons why you should invest in a good carpet cleaner:
Carpet cleaners are excellent for removing stains. Accidental spills happen all the time, especially if you have young children, have cats and dogs or regularly hold parties. If the spillages are not cleaned up properly and immediately they will leave a sticky residue that attracts dirt and results in a stain. Consider investing in some cleaning supplies from Click Cleaning.
Whether it’s from red wine, mud from outside or a piece of chocolate, you should apply your cleaner directly onto the stain, leave it to soak in for about five minutes and lift it with the help of a hand brush and by giving it a vacuum. As well as removing the stain, you can also be rest assured that strong odours and allergy inducing pollutants will also be gone.
Ultimately, one of the main reasons to invest in a carpet cleaner is to save you a costly carpet replacement sooner than expected. When you invest in a good quality carpet, it should last you for many years. Keeping your carpets clean and healthy will prolong its lifespan and save you money in the long run. If you have multiple carpets within your home, both upstairs and down, regular maintenance will save you forking out for them all at once.
Deep cleaning the carpet
According to the Daily Mail, new research has found that millions of Britons could be at risk of life-threatening diseases from their filthy carpets. The survey revealed that around 40 per cent of Brits wear footwear inside and less than one in five clean the bottom of their shoes.
It also found that 28 per cent of the UK’s population has had a pet vomit on the floor and 24 per cent have endured a pet leaving their mess. With this in mind, it is absolutely essential you deep clean your carpet on a regular basis. In addition to health and hygiene benefits, deep cleaning your carpet with a good carpet cleaner will also provide other advantages including revitalising dull flat carpets and restoring them to their original beauty. A clean and fluffy carpet will help to create a fresh vibrant atmosphere in any room of your home.
With Christmas fast approaching it’s important to remember that when celebrating among family and friends, germs are a gift no one wants to receive. It is a time of sharing and high spirits, but these useful tips will help prevent unwanted germs arriving and let you have a happy and healthy Christmas.
1. Wash your hands
Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before preparing food. In the rush to get everything ready don’t forget to do this simple step to stop germs from spreading.
2. Clean all surfaces regularly
Food preparation areas as well as food consumption areas are very susceptible to germs as bacteria can build up faster than people think. Germs that cause food poisoning can linger for days in the sink. Craig Jones, from Australian microfiber cleaning company White Magic wwww.whitemagic.biz, says that the kitchen sponge can harbour more germs than a toilet seat, up to 10 million bacteria per square inch!
3. Avoid cross-contamination of your food
Using different utensils for meat and other foods will help stop germs spreading. Ensure all your foods are prepared properly as harmful bacteria can easily splash from raw meat onto bench tops, chopping boards and utensils. Using microfibre cloths also helps prevent the spread of bacteria, as the White Magic Kitchen Surfaces Cloth (RRP $9.95) contains nano silver in the fibres that kill bacteria in the cloth within 24-28hrs.
4. Look after your fridge
In the heat of summer your fridge is already working overtime, then we add all the extra meals for Christmas lunch. Be sure to check your fridge is at the right temperature (below 5°C) to stop germs from growing. Also, don’t pack the fridge too tightly, the food will be a lot healthier if there is cold air circulating in the fridge.
5. Fully defrost your meat
Make sure your turkey, chicken or even prawns are fully defrosted before cooking and separate all your meat from other foods in the fridge.
6. Cook thoroughly
Make sure everything is cooked thoroughly as uncooked meat harbours unwanted bacteria. For example, don’t get too excited about the Turkey and take it out before its cooked through. Turkey should not be pink at all and the juices that run out should be clear.
7. Don’t forget the veggies
Food safety at Christmas is not just about turkeys and prawns, it’s important to peel and wash your vegetables as necessary because soil can sometimes carry harmful bacteria. Washing with a vegetable brush, such as the Fruit and Vegetable Brush from White Magic (RRP $ 10.95), will quickly remove excess dirt and bacteria available at www.whitemagic.biz.
8. Look after your leftovers
Use leftovers safely. It’s horrible to waste food, especially at Christmas, so be sure to eat the leftovers within two days to avoid the spread of bacteria. Freeze any leftovers you know you can’t eat within two hours of cooking it.
9. Identify the contagious cousins
If a relative or friend shows up with the sniffles its best to avoid any physical contact, especially hugs and kisses, as this can cause infection and spread illness fast.
10. Have an eco-friendly christmas
Don’t overdo the chemicals as when cleaning with chemicals they will leave a residue – this residue may be harmful when consumed, come into contact with skin or eyes or when inhaled according to Asthma Australia. White Magic’s Microfibre Eco Cloths simply pick up the bacteria and then dispose the germs down the drain when the cloth is washed or laundered.
Worse than socks or deodourant, germs really can spoil your festive season, and remember if you happen to get sick this Christmas don’t be the one to regift!
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