How Long Should You Brush Your Teeth and Wash Your Hands?

When you are handling your personal hygiene, are you doing it thoroughly enough? Here are some guidelines.

Brushing: Follow the 2/2 Rule. Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day in the morning and when you go to bed at night. Set the timer on your cell phone for two minutes or brush for the duration of your favorite song (most are more than two minutes long). Clean all your teeth, inside and out, and your tongue.  

Handwashing: Follow the 20-second rule. Wet your hands with clean warm or cool water. Turn it off and lather your hands by rubbing them together. Make sure you get both sides and under the nails. Scrub for at least 20 seconds (you can hum the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end twice). Rinse with clean running water and dry with clean, dry towel.

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