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use a straw!

June 29, 2012 by maggie

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.

brunch at mudspot – coffee + OJ!

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).

what are your healthy teeth tips?


  1. Biz says:

    Thanks for your well wishes for my Uncle today Maggie! I am going to Virginia on the 4th and his memorial will be on the 6th.

    I just can’t imagine drinking coffee with a straw! I use an electric tooth brush and religiously brush for the 2:00 minutes – once I brush for two minutes I get a smiley face on my tooth brush! Hugs!

  2. Licorice is the worst for my teeth, when it comes to color. I don’t drink coffee anymore, but black tea, however, my teeth have never been perfectly white anyway. Sometimes I buy a whitening toothpaste and imagine it helps. :P

  3. nancy says:

    mm, wine with a straw (classy! :) . i’ve noticed a big difference switching to an electric toothbrush. i’ve also almost completely given up on drinking soda, which has helped my teeth out a lot.

  4. glidingcalm says:

    i drink a lot of coffee, red wine, and consume many berries…but I think the fact that I brush frequently really helps!


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