Drinks like iced coffee, sports drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks, and sodas contribute to tooth staining, decay and corrosion. Drinking them through a metal, paper or bamboo straw can help protect your teeth.
- Staining – Heavily pigmented beverages—such as berry smoothies and red wine—stain teeth.
- Decay – Your soft drink habits may be apparent by examining your mouth. For some people, it’s the back molars that see a lot of corrosion due to letting soda pool in their mouths before swallowing. For those who sip on soda through the day, decay may be more evident in the front teeth. Straws can help when positioned correctly in your mouth.
- Sensitivity – Eating less sugary and acidic things helps protect your teeth against sensitivity caused by erosion and decay. Straws can also help to reduce those jabs of sensitivity caused by very cold or hot drinks.
Is Your Straw Positioned Correctly?
Get into the habit of positioning straws at the back of your mouth so that drinks have minimal exposure to teeth. You can further reduce the harmful effects by:
- NOT swishing beverages around in your mouth.
- NOT sipping on unhealthy drinks throughout the day.
- Following your drinks up with water, sugarless gum, or hard fruits and vegetables.
Don’t Rely On Straws To Do All The Work
Practice healthy eating habits and brush your teeth morning and night, and don’t forget to floss! Keep your routinely scheduled appointments, and if you have questions about staining, corrosion or sensitivity give us a call!
Plastic straws are terrible for the environment so be sure to use metal, paper or bamboo straws when consuming your drinks!