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How Straws Can Minimize Acid Erosion from Sodas

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Classic Smiles
How Straws Can Minimize Acid Erosion from SodasWhen you drink a soda, the acid and sugars in the drink can do some real damage to your enamel. However, you can counteract these effects by using a straw. A straw allows you to sip on the drink so the liquid does not wash over your teeth and erode the enamel.

Why You Should Always Use a Straw

When you drink with a straw, the position of the straw is also important. Place it toward the back of the mouth. That way, any soda you drink will have limited contact with your mouth or teeth. The acid erosion caused by sodas leads to both staining and cavities. Therefore, it is important to place your straw so your contact with the drink is confined. You can also use a straw to drink water. In this case, you don't have to place the straw toward the back of the mouth, as water, obviously, will not hurt your teeth. Actually, you drink more water, on average, with a straw, which, in turn, stimulates saliva flow and removes remaining food particles.

How a Straw Keeps Your Teeth Stain-Free

When you use a straw, any exposure to cola or soda is reduced, thereby resulting in less dark staining. To lessen the impact, it also helps to drink water after you eat a dark food or drink cola. Doing so will assist in washing away the stain. If you drink coffee, add a light dairy creamer or milk to the liquid to decrease staining.
As you can see, a straw can help you in keeping your teeth free from stains. You should also brush and floss daily and visit our office for professional exams and cleaning. Making a concerted effort in maintaining your smile will cause you to smile more frequently. Why not give us a call today to schedule an exam and cleaning? Let us help you make the most of your smile.

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