Dental and eye infections are a common and dreadful experiences that you are likely to face in a lifetime. Being able to avoid these experiences and reducing the risks will definitely mean the difference between having a smooth and comfortable living or having to deal with sleepless nights and bad days. Well prevention is better than cure and here are some ways to make a healthy better living by avoiding eye and dental infections.
How to avoid eye infections?
Eye infections can be fungal, viral, or bacterial and they can affect any part of the eyes from eyelids, the cornea and even the retina which is in the back of the eye and the following precautions are helpful in avoiding the infections.
- Washing your hands more often and thoroughly is important in effectively preventing the spread of pink eye to people near you.
- Avoid contact with your face and eyes using your hands and when applying make up or medicine close to your eyes, always wash your hands before and after.
- Do not share personal items like towels, wash clothes, or other linens and always maintain good hygiene practices by cleaning them regularly.
- Avoid sharing contact lenses and if infected, clean them and disinfect them before using them as they can spread the infections to your eyes.
- Always wear protective glasses when around harsh environments like dusty areas, windy places and when around chemicals to prevent injuring or obtaining subsequent infections.
- Avoid sharing eye medicines and ask for your doctor’s prescription before applying any treatments to your eyes.
Tooth infection starts as a small cavity or mild gum disease (gingivitis) and if assumed could mean sleepless nights and very serious problems later on. An infection called dental abscess occurs when bacteria from tooth decay gets int the gums, throat, cheek, in the facial bones or jaw or under the tongue. This is a very painful condition as pus fills up in the infected area and the pain increases as the progress continues until the abscess bursts or it is surgically drained.
How to avoid dental infections?
- Use dental floss at least once a day so that you can clean between your teeth and under your gum effectively.
- Brush your teeth for about two minutes twice a day and also use fluoride toothpaste.
- Spit out excess toothpaste and avoid rinsing your mouth when brushing since it cleans off the protective layer formed by the toothpaste.
- Make regular visits for checkups and cleanings to your dentist. A dentist will be able to see more during the checkups than you can see.
- Deep cleanings every six months is important to prevent bad infections.
- Reduce sugary foods and drinks especially between meals or before sleeping.
- Use fluoridated drinking water as it will help strengthen your teeth against infections.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months because bacteria can accumulate on the toothbrush if it is not changed regularly.
All these tips are important in helping you to have a safer and keeping healthy eyes and teeth. Maintaining good hygiene routines is a high recommendation in avoiding eye and dental infections.