Whether crazy or straight—straws certainly don’t suck. Other than the 24 hours following tooth removal, we don’t see any reason to skip on straws.
Here’s why we love them:
• Straws help keep cavities out.
When beverages high in sugar and/or acidity touch your teeth, bacteria is left behind to cook up cavities, enamel erosion and other dental issues. Straws act as a teeth tunnel, limiting liquid contact. For optimal protection, make sure to position your straw towards the back of your mouth.
• Straws never throw shade.
• Straws appreciate your sensitive side.
Tooth enamel can wear away, causing exposed dentin. That exposed dentin is sensitive to icy shakes and piping hot chocolate. And dentin makes your smile super sensitive to pain—especially temperature. A milkshake is more fun to drink out of a straw and it protects your teeth from that freezing cold frothy goodness.
• Straws don’t have to be wasteful.
The environment draws the short straw with wasteful plastic versions. With a lifespan lasting only a few minutes, choose an eco-friendly option. Reusable, BPA-free versions come in materials like acrylic and glass. Recyclable paper straws are making a comeback too. And hay—there’s even a straw made out of straw.
Drink with a straw and your smile will win.