Posted on 7/23/2020 by Christensen Family Dentistry
What do red wine, coffee, sugary drinks, juices and chocolate shakes have in common? They all have the potential to stain your teeth. Staining and discoloration of the teeth can over time lead to plaque formation and bacterial growth. This will, in turn, weaken the structure of the teeth and give rise to gum disease. Knowing that it's difficult to completely abstain from your favorite drink, using a straw to consume them is a smarter idea, for the long term health of your teeth and gum.
Why Some Drinks are Unhealthy for Your Teeth
Some beverages are unhealthy for your teeth and gums as they can gradually weaken and destroy the much-needed enamel coating. Sugary beverages and drinks with a high acid content are the prime culprits here. They also lead to cavities that can result in serious dental problems. Coffee, red wine and other drinks with high potential for pigmentation can discolor your teeth and produce stains which are detrimental to your dental health.
Advantages of Straws
When you use straws, you are ensuring that the beverage doesn't come in contact with your teeth, thus reducing the chances of discoloration and stains. Positioning the straw so that the drink reaches your throat also protects your enamel, reduces the much-dreaded problem of tooth sensitivity, and prevents the formation of cavities. Regular use of straws also makes sure that you stay hydrated.
Should I Start Using Straws?
Opting to drink through a straw is one of the easiest decisions that you can take for the wellness of your teeth. If you can find a reusable straw, you will also be minimizing wastage. If you already have stains or discoloration of teeth, it's recommended that you visit our specialists to get a complete examination and dental cleaning.