There is a lot of different content on the internet about straws and their effect on your teeth when drinking coffee, wine, or sugary sodas. You may have heard of the wine company’s creating wine straws or people drinking their coffee through a straw. Our office would like to provide some content about what the effects are when using a straw and if it is really something you should consider adding to your oral care routine.
Using a straw while consuming your beverage of choice may aid in helping to avoid cavities and tooth decay, but the straw needs to be in the right place. The most beneficial way to use a straw is to sip soft drinks and other beverages through a straw positioned towards the back of the mouth. The idea is to pull the liquid towards the throat, avoiding contact with the teeth. Doing so limits the time the drink comes in contact with your teeth. Like anything else you consume, if you use moderation when drinking teeth-staining beverages, the straw routine can help.
Studies have shown that drinking with a straw can increase the amount of liquid you consume. When you drink water through a straw, it stimulates the flow of saliva, your mouths natural defense. Using a straw can help reduce the number of stains. Drinks like soda, coffee, or wine can leave a real impact on the whiteness of your teeth. By drinking them through a straw, it gives the beverage less time exposed to your teeth, resulting in less staining.
The most important action with or without a straw is to always rinse your mouth out with water after consuming food or liquid. This rids it of food particles and any sugar or acid that remains. If you choose to brush after you’ve spent time drinking or consuming food, it will soften your enamel. Soft enamel can be brushed away, this is the reason why you may have heard you should wait 30 minutes before you start brushing. Our office is happy to assist with your oral care. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today.