Drink with a Straw to Protect Your Teeth

August 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Americans drink roughly 576 soft drinks every year – that’s about one and a half cans of soda a day for everyone in the United States. Drinking these beverages puts those who may not follow proper oral hygiene techniques at a higher risk for cavities and other oral health problems.

But according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), drinking soft drinks and other beverages through a properly positioned straw can help minimize the risk of cavities. According to a recent report that tracked drinking habits, factors such as the frequency of sipping and the amount of time the beverage remains in the mouth can affect the type, location and severity of tooth decay.

Tips for healthy drinking:

  • Reduce your soda consumption
  • Use a straw and position it toward the back of your mouth
  • Rinse your mouth with water after drinking soda
  • Don’t brush immediately after drinking soda (the brush will harm the weakened enamel)
  • Brush teeth in a circular motion (horizontal brushing can wear away at the weakened enamel)
  • If you have dry mouth, try to avoid carbonated beverages

Source: Academy of General Dentistry

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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