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ask: Will drinking coffee/tea/cola through straws keep my teeth whiter?

I am drinking all my drinks (except water) through straws to stop potential staining from caffenated drinks.

I brush my teeth three times a day but dark drinks play havoc with them and I'd like to keep them as bright and white as possible and can't give up my coffee for anything!

Does anyone know if this tactic actually works?

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Anonymous

i do the same thing, and i have dead set convinced myself it works (:

February 23, 2011 - 2:53pm
alysiak

There appears to be some support among some dentists for the idea that drinking through a straw could help keep your teeth healthier because the sugars and acids are not directly hitting your tooth surface.

Worn Out: How Americans Are Damaging Their Teeth

Not only is sugar harmful to teeth, acidic flavor additives can also erode and damage tooth enamel. There are simple ways for teens to limit the harmful effects of sodas. Sipping soda through a straw cuts down on the contact the beverage has with teeth and rinsing the mouth with water after drinking soda can also reduce the risk of cavities. Teenage Dental Health

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