4 unbelievable facts about using straws to drink
In the past, studies have shown that drinking through a straw can reduce the risk of tooth decay. However, experts now warn that it is still a word of mouth and actually using straws hardly protects your teeth, but they can also be classified as one of the most harmful oral habits.
Causing tooth decay
Dr. Paul Sussman of the Center for Dental Dentistry said using straws didn’t reduce the risk of tooth decay. "Liquids that contain sugar or acids may still be in contact with the teeth, so corrosion can occur and lead to cavities if you do not have good oral hygiene," he said.
A report in the 2005 Dentistry Journal found that straws can increase the risk of cavities if people routinely use straws to flow into a specific area of the mouth. For example, you usually have a habit of concentrating on the inner surface of the molar, and the molar is more likely to be worn and harmful. Similarly, your incisors can also be deep if you just let the tube near lips.
Just like when you smoke, frequently using straws can age the skin around your mouth. The reason is that people who regularly smoke or use a straw will have to constantly use the muscles around the mouth (lip motions). This will leave the deep folds around the mouth in the long run that make you look older.
Don't prevent dental stains
Many believe that the use of straws will help teeth from being stained by drinks like coffee or wine but some experts claim the opposite.
Dentist Mark Burhenne said drinking with a straw to prevent tooth decay was completely untrue: "Make sure the next time you drink it with a straw, do you feel the water touches your teeth? I'm sure there is!" He explained that drinking water might not touch the front teeth, but that the teeth in the back were still sticky.
"Every time you suck water through a straw you put a little air into your stomach. And this leads to flatulence," explained Rozenberg.
Dr. Jennifer Inra, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, in an interview with Prevention, said: "One thing I really want to recommend to patients is avoid using a straw”. She added: "The tube makes you swallow the air. When you drink something with a straw, you not only drink the liquid but also the air in the top of the straw will be pushed up into the liquid and into your intestines."
By: Mithrine Smith