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Having a dull, yellow, and unattractive smile can be quite inconvenient. It can lower your self-confidence, make socializing difficult, and make you ashamed of your appearance. This is why it’s best to maintain your white teeth as much as possible. You can maintain the natural whiteness or you can even maintain the whiteness from an over-the-counter or professional whitening treatment. To help you do so, Dr. Nasson Rodriguez has some tips.

First, avoid eating and drinking products that can stain your teeth. These things can be coffee, tea, red wine, and dark berries. However, giving up these things can be tough, so if you decide to eat or drink staining products, it’s best to drink them through a straw or brush your teeth after consuming them.

Second, keep up on oral hygiene. This can help you remove the stains regularly. All you need to do is brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. As you do these things, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, whitening toothpaste (only once or twice a week), floss, and antiseptic mouthwash. When you are not using whitening toothpaste, please use fluoride toothpaste.

Third, consider touch-up whitening treatments. Depending on the treatment you used, you might need to re-whiten your smile regularly to maintain the luster. Oftentimes treatments call for touch-ups every six months or after one or two years. If you smoke or consume a lot of stain-causing products, you may need a touch-up more often.

If you have any questions about how to maintain a white smile in New Orleans, Louisiana, please call Nasson Rodriguez at 504-364-1333 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team will be thrilled to give you the answers you need so you can maintain a white and brilliant smile!