Sipping a steaming cup of coffee with a straw in a restaurant never fails to draw curious stares from onlookers. Maybe I look silly, but I’d rather look silly now than feel sorry later. Regular consumption of certain beverages can deposit acid and sugar that have the ability to damage your teeth.
Dental issues are worrisome, not to mention uncomfortable. The idea is to protect your teeth the best way you can, so how is this accomplished with the humble straw?
1. Prevent Staining: Drinking gallons of dark beverages can cause teeth to absorb the color and, over a period of time, teeth will become stained. Using a straw ensures that the liquid hits your throat without much contact with your teeth.
2. Prevent Decay: When you sip from a glass or cup, the sugars from the drink stay in contact with teeth for a longer period of time. The sugar will work with the bacteria in your mouth to cause tooth decay. Sipping through a straw, however, ensures that your teeth do not come in direct contact with the sugars in the liquid. This can help prevent tooth decay in the long run.
3. Enamel Erosion: Along with other acidic drinks, energy drinks can have high acidity levels. So much so that the saliva in our mouth is not able to neutralize the acids or help re-harden the enamel. Over time, the enamel is eroded. Drinking with a straw helps keep teeth safe from the acidity in such drinks and keeps the enamel strong and safe.
4. Sensitivity: Many of us are plagued by sensitivity, that tingling sensation produced when very hot or cold substances come in contact with your teeth. Counter this with a straw and enjoy that really cold milk shake on a hot summer day or that hot cup of coffee first thing on a rainy day.
Save your teeth; use a straw!