Many people might not know that something as simple as using a straw to drink liquids can benefit their oral health. It’s common practice to use a straw in drinks at restaurants, but it’s less common for people to use straws at the workplace or home. Knowing the oral health benefits of using a drinking straw on a regular basis may encourage more people to change their drinking habits.
Benefits for teeth
Using a straw on a routine basis at home and out in public has several oral benefits as it protects your teeth. These benefits include:
Prevents stains – Using a straw avoids constant and direct contact between dark-colored drinks such as iced tea, and this prevents stains that can happen after long term exposure to these darker liquids.
Less exposure to sugary substances – Just like using a straw keeps stain-causing liquids from direct contact, it keeps sugary liquids away from your teeth. Less exposure to sugar-filled drinks can reduce the risk of bacteria and sticky residue from sticking to your teeth and causing tooth erosion.
Improves hygiene – Dishes in restaurants can serve as hosts for bacteria due to how many people they’re exposed to during a typical day. Even disposable, on-the-go cups can hold germs, so by using a straw, people can reduce their exposure to germs and bacteria that can make them sick and cause oral health issues.
More convenient – Anyone who has tipped an ice-filled cup up and had the ice shift and drench them as they drink knows that drinking from a straw reduces this risk and is more convenient than finding a dry shirt. Drinking from a straw is easier than unscrewing a cap too.
Safer – Drinking through a straw takes a controlled amount of liquid into the mouth, which lowers the chances of choking.
Additional ways to protect teeth
Using a drinking straw is one way to protect teeth from direct exposure to sugary and/or dark drinks that can cause erosion and stains, but there are other ways to protect teeth including:
- Drinking water after consuming staining or sugary beverages to neutralize acid
- Brushing teeth immediately after drinking dark or sugary beverages
- Regular professional dental cleanings to prevent decay and discoloration
Even small changed like drinking through a straw or chasing sugary drinks with water can make a huge difference in a person’s oral health. Cutting back on sugar-filled beverages is another way to improve oral and overall health.
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