25 Mar Tips to Avoid Touching Your Face from our Boca Raton Dentist
It doesn’t matter if it’s the Boynton Beach dentist you love, your mother or the nation’s top infectious disease experts, being told not to touch your face is one thing. Succeeding at doing it is another!
All of us at H.A.B. Dental of Boynton Beach along with the team at our newly opened Boca Raton dental offices understands just how hard it is not to touch your face.
If it makes you feel any better, you’re not the only one having a hard time trying not to touch your face. The National Institutes of Health’s U.S. National Library of Medicine has results from a study that looked at how often medical students at the University of New South Wales in Australia touched their faces.
Researchers found that, “On average, each of the 26 observed students touched their face 23 times per hour. Of all face touches, 44% (1,024/2,346) involved contact with a mucous membrane, whereas 56% (1,322/2,346) of contacts involved nonmucosal areas. Of mucous membrane touches observed, 36% (372) involved the mouth, 31% (318) involved the nose, 27% (273) involved the eyes, and 6% (61) were a combination of these regions.”
HAB Dental’s Tips to Help You Avoid Touching Your Face
It’s not easy to stop yourself from touching your face, but it’s important that you try. Rosemary Baghdassarian, DDS, who just opened the H.A.B. Dental Clinic in Boca Raton and who has been taking care of patients in our Boynton Beach dental office for five years, put together some tips to help you.
- Keep a fidget available to keep your hands busy when you feel the urge to pick at your face or rub your eyes.
- If you’re a nail biter, try a bottle of bitter-tasting Mavala Stop to make your nails taste terrible so you’ll be way less likely to put your hands anywhere near your mouth.
- Use a hand lotion with a strong aroma – or anything with a really strong scent – that will get your attention and allow you stop yourself when you automatically go to touch your face.
- Ladies, apply long fake nails, makeup or anything else that will help you catch yourself before you touch your face.
Please know, Here at H.A.B. Dental, the safety of our patients, staff and dentists in our Boynton Beach location and our new Boca Raton dental clinic is our priority. Both our Boca Raton and Boynton Beach dental offices are open to assist you in the event of a dental emergency. Please feel free to call us with any questions 561.270.6494