How Straws Can Aid In Your Attempts to Keep Your Teeth White
Posted on 7/10/2019 by office
Using a straw when you drink can offer some helpful dental health benefits, as long as it is in the right place. A straw can divert staining liquids away from the teeth toward the back of the mouth where they can do less damage. Find out more about how to drink with a straw in order to keep your teeth white.
Correct Positioning of a Straw The best way to drink with a straw to prevent tooth staining is to position the straw at the back of the mouth. Don't rest it against the teeth, and don't slosh the liquid around too much before you swallow. Following these steps can limit the amount of time a drink is in contact with the front teeth, which are most visible when you smile, but a potential acid attack could still affect the molars.
Other Ways to Keep the Teeth White
In addition to using a straw, there are other ways to keep your smile looking white and bright. Avoid staining liquids and give up soda and coffee in favor of water. If you do feel that you need to drink a cup or can of one of these beverages swish your mouth with water afterward. This will help to rinse away any acids or staining liquids before they have a chance to damage the teeth.
Another big way to keep the teeth white is to refrain from smoking. Tobacco stains the teeth, leaving your smile looking yellow or brown in color. Despite your best efforts to brush, which is important for white teeth, your smile will always look a bit discolored if you smoke.
Regular dental visits in our office are also important to keep the teeth white. During a cleaning, we'll scrub your teeth free of as many stains as possible. Call us today to learn more.