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Benefits of Drinking Through a Straw

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Are you one of those people who always asks for a straw at a restaurant?

Do you use straws in your home or while at work? There are some great reasons for sipping through a straw, and some of the benefits are outlined below.

Stain protection:

Drinking through a straw can help prevent unsightly stains on your teeth from chugging dark-colored beverages like tea and coffee. Using a straw allows you to decrease direct contact with drinks that can stain your teeth.

Hygiene:

Avoid germs from restaurant cutlery or even your own coffee mug by using a straw. This will help limit your exposure to bacteria from other people and handling so that you can enjoy the beverage of your choice, with less germs.

Reduced Exposure:

Sipping through a straw means more control over the food or drink you’re taking in, allowing you to direct the substance away from your teeth. Instead of immersing your teeth in liquid, only a portion of your teeth is exposed to the liquid, which is good news for your smile. Less exposure equals less wear and tear on your enamel.

Convenience:

When you’re out and about, drinking from a straw is much easier than unscrewing a cap or tilting your head back to gulp from a glass.

Safety:

You are reducing your risk of choking by drinking through a straw. It also works as a safety precaution against burning your mouth or tongue on hot beverages because you are sipping a smaller amount.

Do you think you’ll make the switch to using a straw more frequently? Tell us in the comments section below!