Does Drinking with a Straw Protect Your Teeth?
To drink with a straw or not to drink with a straw? And does it really make a difference in terms of the health of your teeth? Dr. Lattinelli brings you pertinent information about these often puzzling questions.
There seems to be a common belief that it is better for your teeth to consume beverages through a straw rather than directly from a glass or other type of drinking container. The theory behind this thought is that drinking through a straw decreases the staining of the teeth from liquids such as coffee and tea, and lessens the harmful effects of sugary drinks. In reality, these substances come into contact with your teeth with or without the use of a straw.
When the end of the straw is resting between your lips and in front of your teeth, the forward-facing surfaces of the teeth are tainted by sugar that is plentiful in sodas and juices. If the straw is situated between your upper and lower teeth, the back-facing veneers of the teeth are affected. Drinking from straws can lead to additional unfavorable results like unsightly wrinkles around the mouth that are aging in appearance and suffering from bloating or gas.
The only successful technique for sheltering your teeth when drinking from straws is to place the tip of the straw on the back portion of your tongue. The result of this process is that the liquid does not touch the teeth since it is directly transported to the back of your throat.
An alternative method of safeguarding your teeth is by thoroughly brushing them at least 30 minutes after drinking beverages other than water. Remember, teeth are more sensitive after ingesting acidic foods and beverages; therefore, you should never brush too soon afterward as your teeth’s enamel can be compromised.
If you are searching for a sure way to maintain the integrity of your teeth, make a resolution to give up soda and juice altogether. On occasions when you may consume either beverage, follow the drink with a full glass of water. The same holds true after enjoying coffee or tea. Just as water acts to combat and neutralize acid, it also creates a line of defense against staining.
Dr. Lattinelli’s dental practice offers the finest services regarding oral care. Whether you require routine preventative appointments, necessary procedures, or are considering cosmetic enhancements, Dr. Lattinelli is a highly capable and revered provider in the dental industry. Our prestigious office is located at 121 East 60th Street in Manhattan and we may be contacted by calling (212) 752-7188.