in light of all the serious talk, i wanted to post something more lighthearted.
for the last few years (umm, since moving to nyc) i have been a coffee drinker. my teeth are not as white as they used to be, so i am using crest whitestrips (yep, chemicals) to lighten them up a bit. i can already tell a difference and i’m on day 5. i only plan on using 10 (1 per day) and b will use the other 10. i’ve used them before a few times and they really work. you definitely don’t have to use all 20 strips.
so – how to keep teeth white and keep drinking my coffee?
use a straw!
i heard you should also use a straw when you drink:
- coffee & (dark) tea
- soda (which you shouldn’t drink anyway)
- orange juice
- red wine (ha! drinking wine with a straw)
some tooth-staining foods that a straw will not help with are foods that could stain clothing – if it can stain clothing, it can probably stain your teeth. culprits might be soy sauce, dark berries (unfortunate), and aging (ok – aging doesn’t stain your clothes, nor is it a food). but flossing might help with these (and flossing is great anyway, not just for stain prevention).