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Common Question: Does Using Straws Protect your Teeth?

Jul 27

Written by: Dr. David Chen
7/27/2018 12:45 PM  RssIcon

With all the talk about banning plastic restaurants from coffee shops and restaurants around the country, some patients are wondering whether this could harm their teeth.

Truth is, dentists used to think that using straws could help protect teeth from staining and direct contact with enamel-damaging beverages, but that is no longer the case.The usage of straws doesn’t keep staining liquids,such as coffee, soda, red wine, or other liquids, from touching your teeth.

While direct contact between your teeth and liquids might be avoided slightly with straws, they're not going to protect them entirely, and other techniques are much more effective when it comes to keeping your teeth free from damage.

Even herbal and white teas can erode enamel and cause staining," in addition to white wine. Highly acidic foods and drinks can also lead to tooth discoloration, as can soy sauce, curry and tomato sauce, smoking or chewing tobacco, and certain diseases and even treatments for diseases, such as chemotherapy.

Always rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking something acidic, which will help keep teeth healthy.

Save the planet, and don't get concerned about your teeth, and skip the straws. If you really love straws, buy a reusable stainless steel or bamboo straw to bring with you to enjoy your favorite drink.

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