Treating yourself to a soda? Use a straw
When you're drinking a sugary soda or acidic soft drink, be sure to grab a straw to help reduce your risk for cavities.
A recent report in General Dentistry, the clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, notes that drinking potentially tooth-damaging beverages with a properly positioned straw can help minimize your risk.
Researchers recommend sipping through a straw positioned toward the back of the mouth to limit the beverage’s contact with teeth.
Frequent exposure to acids in colas, diet colas, non-cola soft drinks and commercial iced teas can erode dental enamel and lead to cavities. But enjoying an occasional soft drink and using a straw can reduce risk and, better yet, substituting water for soft drinks one or more times a day can also help keep your smile healthy.
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