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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.
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    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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    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.

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    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
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    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.

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

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    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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    I suggest white tea. It tastes awesome, and much less tannins/caffeine/staining.
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    Quote 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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    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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