At each dental check up and cleaning, your dentist and dental hygienist check your teeth, gums and make sure your oral health is in good condition. When any decay, infection, or inflammation issues arise within your mouth, they will help you to correct and repair these problems. Between your dental check-ups, there are several positive habits you can implement in your oral health regime to boost your oral health and help your next cleaning and check-up go much smoother. Here are some tips to help you.

Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil

Using coconut oil to keep your teeth and gums healthy has become a more popular practice over recent years. To oil pull, you place a spoonful of coconut oil into your mouth and let it melt. After it has become liquid, swish it around the inside your mouth and around your teeth for several minutes. Some recommend swishing and pulling the oil for up to 20 minutes to get the full benefits from the oil. After 20 minutes it has been found that your body will begin to reabsorb some of the toxins and bacteria the coconut oil has pulled from your mouth.

Spit the oil into the trash after the 20 minutes has elapsed, rinse your mouth with clean water, and brush your teeth for the day. This process removes plaque from your teeth and whitens the enamel, while also reducing teeth sensitivity. Oil pulling has also been found to reduce gum inflammation and even help heal receding gums.

Brush and Floss for Regular Cleaning

Keeping up on your regular tooth brushing and flossing on a daily basis will help reduce the amount of cleaning your dentist will need to do, and result in lower chances of oral decay. Brushing your teeth morning and night can help to remove plaque that forms on your teeth. When left on your teeth, plaque will harden into tartar, which requires your dentist to scrape it from your teeth to keep them healthy and protected.

Be sure you use a soft bristled tooth brush and don't scrub your teeth aggressively, which can damage and remove enamel. You only need to brush your teeth gently to remove the sticky plaque.

Flossing each day also helps improve your oral health. Flossing strengthens your gums and removes the build-up of plaque that can collect around your gums and attract bacteria, which can cause them to become inflamed.

Use these two tips to help you take care of your oral health in preparation for your next regular dental check-up and cleaning services.