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Is Using A Straw Better For Your Teeth?

Have you ever wondered if using a straw to drink sugary or acidic drinks helps to keep your teeth healthier? 

The Pro-Straw Side 

Some scientists argue that sipping beverages through a straw minimizes direct contact between sugary or acidic liquids and the teeth. The less direct contact, the smaller the risk of tooth decay and erosion. One study found that using a narrow straw and positioning either a narrow or wide straw farther back in the mouth helps minimize the effects of sugars and acids on the teeth, especially the molars. 

The Gray Area

While using a straw occasionally may offer some benefits in certain situations, relying on them as the only defence against decay would be misguided. Moderation and mindfulness are key. While there are tricks we can use to support our dental health, we will always benefit most from focusing on a holistic approach to oral care that encompasses healthy dietary choices, healthy and consistent oral hygiene routines, and regular dental visits.

The Takeaway

What dentists will always agree on is that proper oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, remain paramount in maintaining optimal dental health. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to ask your dental hygienist at your next checkup. Give us a call at (617) 332-2872 or book using our online form to schedule your next appointment if you haven’t yet.