Straws Protect Your Teeth
The types of beverages you favor on a regular basis can impact your oral health and the attractiveness of your smile. Favorites such as coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, wine, and beer can all damage your teeth in different ways depending on how you consume them. You don’t need to choose between a beautiful, healthy smile and your favorite beverages, however. Drinking through a straw can help protect your teeth from decay, staining, and other damage.
Stave Off Tooth Decay
Most fast food establishments provide you with a straw if you order a soda for on-the-go convenience. Whether you realize it or not, these straws also offer your teeth some amount of protection from the sugar and acid in your soda. When you drink from a cup, the liquid inside fills your whole mouth and bathes your teeth. The acid eats away at your enamel while the sugar feeds cavity-causing bacteria living on the surface of your teeth. Straws direct more of the liquid to the back of your mouth, limiting the amount of exposure time for most of your teeth.
You should not rely on straws to protect your teeth completely however. If you are able to taste your drink, it has already touched your teeth. You can further protect your teeth by rinsing your mouth with water after consuming sugary beverages.
Keep Your Teeth Shining Bright
In the same way that straws can keep you from developing cavities as quickly, they can prevent heavy staining. The acid in beverages like wine, energy drinks, and soda eat away at your enamel and cause deep staining to occur over time. Exposure to the staining molecules called tannins in coffee and tea can also cause staining. Using a straw (yes, even for wine) can limit your exposure to these beverages and maintain your pearly smile.
Prevent Cracks from Temperature Change
There’s nothing quite like a refreshingly cold drink with a hot meal. Unfortunately, this pairing puts your teeth at risk of developing cracks. Following cold temperatures with hot and vice versa causes thermal expansion and contraction, which can lead to cracks, especially around metal amalgam fillings. Straws will divert your cold beverage toward the back of your throat, protecting your teeth.
Deal With Thermal Sensitivity
If you experience tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, straws can help you consume your favorite drinks more comfortably. With this tool, you can direct the flow of liquid away from your sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity could be a sign of tooth decay or gum disease, which preventative dental care can stop before irreversible damage occurs.
Restore Your Stunning Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry
Even if you use straws periodically, constant exposure to these beverages can cause embarrassing stains, cracks, and tooth decay to occur over time. Cosmetic dentistry helps repair damage. At Park Meadows Dental Care, we offer effective Zoom! Tooth Whitening to lighten the shade of your teeth and give you a picturesque smile.
For deeper staining, we create custom porcelain veneers and color-match them with your natural tooth color. Veneers will also help repair the visible damage of cracks in your front teeth. White fillings and porcelain dental crowns can repair damage to your back teeth in order to give you a seamless smile.
To learn more about repairing your teeth with cosmetic dentistry, please call 303-759-5652 for a consultation at our office in Southern Denver.