How often do you wash your hands every day? Do you wonder if you’re washing them long enough or with the right product?
Because cleanliness and sterile conditions in our Chesapeake dental office are so important to us, I’d like to pass on a few tips about good hand washing. You can get your children started with good washing habits too!
My suggestions come from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This is the agency that sets guidelines for dental offices. At the Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry, we follow or exceed every guideline and regulation set by both the federal government and by the state of Virginia.
When Should You Wash?
First of all, when are the important times to wash your hands? Any time you’re around food, either cooking or eating. If you’re the cook, it’s good to wash before, during and after working with food. Any time you’re caring for someone with a cold, or with a cut or wound, or after sneezing and coughing. And of course, after using the toilet and after changing a diaper or helping a child in the bathroom. If in doubt, just wash!
How Clean is Clean?
Here are a few tips to make sure you’re washing enough to really clean your hands:
● Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
● Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
● Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
● Rinse your hands well under running water.
● Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.
Obviously, we wash our hands a lot! But we do much more behind the scenes to keep our dental office in Chesapeake clean and sterile for our patients. We’d be happy to show you during your next visit. Just give us a call at 757.546.5262.