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    It's getting a bit chilly at night, so I've been making myself a cup of tea and sipping at it before falling asleep. I put in a few packets of aspartame sometimes, too. Yes, I know aspartame is not good for me, and yes, I know I should be drinking organic, loose-leaf and etc. I just want something to sip on before bed, ok? My question is whether my teeth will be ok if I don't brush them after drinking my tea? There shouldn't be enough residue for any kind of dental caries to feed on, right? It's kind of a pain in the ass to wake up in the middle of a cold night, half asleep, and brush my teeth.
    F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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  • #2
    Don't worry about it. I drink hot black tea with honey before bed every night, I don't brush my teeth afterward, and they are totally fine.

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    • #3
      If it's black tea, you might be staining your teeth a bit. But teeth stains don't usually correlate to tooth decay. My father has extremely stained teeth for example, but he's never had a cavity in his life. Not one. So if decay is the concern, you're probably ok. And staining, if it's white, green, or a lighter oolong tea is probably not a huge issue either. Just brush your teeth extra well in the morning.

      And yeah, you should be using loose leaf. As a tea aficionado I can attest that the difference is night and day. But heck, don't worry too much and just enjoy your cuppa. Only thing is, if you can get some stevia, I would recommend trying it out as an alternative to the aspartame. Just a thought.
      "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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      • #4
        I go for the loose leaf when I can, but before bed, I'm tired and I can't be fucked to take out my strainer and measure my water to the exact temperature demanded of the delicately roasted leaves and whatnot
        F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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        • #5
          I hear ya on that one. I'm drinking some perfectly brewed Dragonwell tea right now from some wonderful leaves and might be rebrewing the momentarily.

          But before bed, less of a concern. My only issue would be having to have bags AND loose leaf in the house. I have too much tea as it is.
          "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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          • #6
            I drink tea before bed all the time, and staining is the only issue. coconut oil pulling works fine.

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            • #7
              aspartame? ermergerd! you're going to primal HELL!
              bwahahaha

              Okay, seriously, try some dessert teas like these bad boys:
              Cuppa Chocolate Tea® | The Republic of Tea
              Sweet Teas | The Republic of Tea

              no sugar needed. They are delicious as is
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              • #8
                I suggest white tea. It tastes awesome, and much less tannins/caffeine/staining.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                  aspartame? ermergerd! you're going to primal HELL!
                  bwahahaha
                  Me too. I figure it's a choice between poisons. Half to one packet per day. (Will there be lasagna in Primal Hell?)
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                  • #10
                    I buy Numi brand tea, which is lovely---organic, unbleached tea bags too. The Gunpowder Green is a great mellower green tea choice too! As for teeth...probably just agree that you might have more staining as a result. My tea intake is way up right now as well.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                      Me too. I figure it's a choice between poisons. Half to one packet per day. (Will there be lasagna in Primal Hell?)
                      I hope so... but I hope it's paleo lasagna. I honestly like my zucchini replacement better than lasagna noodles.

                      Also heavenly chocolate that you can gorge on and never get fat or sick! That would be nice too.
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                      • #12
                        Forget the stevia, use honey. Honey triumphs all and can in fact enhance the flavor of some teas--usually bringing out a more floral flavor. At least that's been my experience. I do enjoy a good cup of tea without honey, but bed time is honey time.

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                        • #13
                          I would think that tea doesn't do much harm for teeth apart from staining, but wouldn't honey lead to decay due to the fact that it is sugar? I don't know for sure though.

                          I read somewhere that you can eat cheese after you have brushed your teeth.
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                          • #14
                            In small amounts, it shouldn't have an effect. Now if you were to eat a cup of honey every night before bed I could see being worried. But using a teaspoon or even a tablespoon of honey isn't going to do much harm, if any.

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                            • #15
                              Tea is high in fluoride, it is good for your teeth ;-).

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