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?
The 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
Infections 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.