A couple of weeks ago I blogged about me quitting coffee, tea and diet coke for a month to see if it’ll make a difference to the colour of my teeth, I thought it was about time for a catch up, so here’s how the last couple of weeks have gone.
I was a serious diet coke addict; I’d drink a couple of pints a day, easily. On top of that there were the four or so cups of coffee a day and the odd cup of tea when I fancied it. Looking at that written down, that’s quite a habit.
The first week was not easy at all. I was addicted to caffeine and I got the usual headache that goes with quitting caffeine. I had a stonking headache for 6 days, these kind of headaches are for some baffling reason (a Doctor told me) impervious to painkillers. Awful.
I soon realised my life was essentially propped up by caffeine and within 48 hours of stopping I could hardly keep my eyes open. I kept nodding off, it was awful. Admittedly my pain medication which makes me sleepy at the best of times wasn’t helping, but that first week was nothing short of hell.
I’m at the end of week two now. I’m sleepy but not nodding off like I was last week. I’m missing my favourite drinks. I’ve replaced them with lemon squash and hot chocolate when I need a hot drink. It’s not too bad really. I’m feeling ok about the next couple of weeks without coffee, tea and diet coke.
But, is it making my teeth whiter? I think so, not dramatically, not Hollywood white, but they are definitely less stained. I’m happy with how things are going and it’ll be interesting to properly compare my teeth once the month is up.
Disclaimer: Oasis Dental Care have sent me a pack of goodies including toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss and chewing gum as a thank you for documenting my quitting coffee journey.