Surprisingly, it does. According to recent studies, drinking from a straw can actually reduce cavities and tooth decay. However, this depends very strongly on the way you position the straw. As long as the straw directs whatever fluid you are drinking towards the back of your throat, without letting it touch your teeth, it can really prevent a lot of serious damage. In fact, using straws can even save you a lot of discomfort.
At this point, you are probably wondering how exactly using a straw can benefit your teeth.
Let’s sip our way through to see how straws can be beneficial
Well, corrosive, acidic substances like wine, aerated drinks and coffee can slowly make your teeth deteriorate. If you use a straw, these substances are less likely to touch your teeth and therefore can’t really do much damage. Studies show that the teeth that have the most contact with extremely sugary beverages show greatest deterioration. With a straw, that level of deterioration can be prevented, or at least delayed.
The same substances can also discolor your teeth, especially if you consume them on a daily basis. Using a straw ensures that these fluids cannot reach your teeth when you consume them, and therefore cannot inflict significant damage on them.
If your teeth suffer from sensitivity, then a straw can be your new best friend. By directing a hot, cold, a very sugary, or a very sour liquid away from sensitive teeth, straws can help you enjoy these beverages without having to worry about the feeling of being electrocuted, shooting through your mouth every five seconds.
A good article from the DentoXpert trending section about ‘Some need to know facts about Tooth Sensitivity!’ is right here!
Yes, they are a good substitute but don’t rely on them entirely
So, yes, straws can help control dental deterioration. However, they are not a substitute for good oral hygiene practices. While using a straw can minimize damage, it cannot prevent it completely. You are actually better off avoiding the consumption of excessively sugary substances and brushing your teeth, and flossing every day.
For more information: This article here from the DentoXpert blog section, precisely outlines few reasons for the occurrence of tooth decay.
At DentoXpert we say that if you do choose to consume sodas, tea or coffee, remember to at least gargle after you’re done. Also, make sure you brush and floss your teeth twice a day and use mouthwash as often as necessary. To ensure the good health of your teeth and your mouth, make sure you make regular trips to the dentist to check for cavities or infections that could turn into a problem.