Routine checkups are key to optimum dental health. Between visits, your dentist likely advises to brush twice daily, floss in the evening and use mouth rinse as necessary for your gums. Did you know there are other ways you can improve your dental health as well? Making these three easy tips part of your routine can help improve your overall health as well as your oral hygiene.

1. Snack on Cranberries

Cranberries are a great alternative to a sweet treat and fortify your teeth. Cranberries contain contain polyphenols, which can keep plaque from sticking to your teeth. Plaque buildup happens over the course of the day from eating. When left to fester on your teeth, plaque eats away at your teeth and irritates your gums. While you can’t keep yourself from eating all day, you can work against the inevitable buildup that occurs. Dried cranberries are easy to pack for on-the-go use and quite affordable. Adding a handful to your daily snacks is a healthy and efficient way to fight against plaque.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains a highly proactive monoglyceride that is extremely beneficial for your entire mouth: monolaurin. Monolaurin is anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It goes to work on the bacteria in your mouth to fight off those that produce plaque and bad breath. The best way to implement coconut oil into your daily routine is through oil-pulling. This allows you to get the full range of benefits coconut oil has on the body, especially the mouth.

Oil pulling is a simple process that can be done at home. All you need is 1 tablespoon of pure coconut oil. Coconut oil can be found at most grocery stores. Swish the coconut oil in your mouth for minimally 5 minutes, working your way up to 20 minutes. The longer you swish, the more bacteria you will pull out of your mouth. The key to oil pulling is to spit the oil out as soon as you are done. DO NOT SWALLOW. The oil is full of bacteria that you do not want to ingest.

3. Indulge with Fresh Pears

Most fruits are loaded with acid that can damage enamel over time. Fresh pears on the other hand offer the best of both worlds: all the health benefits of fruit without the exposure to high levels of acid. Pears promote saliva flow, which fights against plaque build up. The water content of the pears dilute the sugar they contain. Sugar will erode your teeth and cause decay. The more diluted the exposure, the better.

Keeping teeth healthy is simple with daily care. Improving your dental health is even easier when you know which foods will help you achieve your goals. Stick with cranberries, pears and oil pulling to keep your teeth and gums looking their best. After all, they have to last you a lifetime. The better care you take of them now, the better off you’ll be in the long run. For more information, contact a professional like Dr Kit Dentist.