Take Care of Your Teeth

Here’s what you should do

The American Dental Association offers this advice:

  • Replace your toothbrush at least every four months, or whenever the bristles start to fray. Store your toothbrush in open air, standing up.
  • Don’t shortchange brushing time! Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Brush gently, as vigorous brushing may damage teeth and gums.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth, especially if you eat something highly acidic.
  • Use a soft-bristled brush that’s gentler on your teeth and gums.
  • Use the right technique! Brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, moving back and forth in gentle, short strokes.

Written by Diana Kohnle for HealthDay News. This article last updated Jan 24, 2017. Copyright © 2017 HealthDay.


Make Sleep a Priority

And get more rest

Are you sabotaging your own attempts to get more shuteye?

sleep maskThe National Sleep Foundation suggests:

  • Identify and correct any unhealthy sleep habits.
  • Instead of checking your smartphone just before bed, do something relaxing, such as meditating.
  • Prepare your bed well before bedtime.
  • Wash and change bedsheets regularly.

Written by Diana Kohnle for HealthDay News. This article last updated Jan. 17, 2017. Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


 Ward Off Infections During Pregnancy

Suggestions to protect yourself

pregnant womanInfections can be a serious threat to pregnant women and their fetuses.

To help ward off infections while you’re pregnant, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises:

  • Wash your hands frequently, particularly when you’ve been around children. Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Cook meat thoroughly, and skip foods made from raw milk
  • Talk to your doctor about checking for group B streptococcus, and testing for sexually transmitted infections. Ask about any vaccinations you should get during pregnancy.
  • Protect yourself from insect bites, which may transmit disease. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and insect repellent.
  • Avoid contact with used cat litter, turtles, lizards, rodents or droppings from any of these animals.
  • Talk to your doctor about any vitamins you should take, and the appropriate doses.

Written by Diana Kohnle for HealthDay News. This article last updated Jan. 16, 2017. Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.