Learn How Drinking with a Straw Can Benefit Your Smile

Using a drinking straw is a habit we tend to grow out of after childhood, but did you realise it can benefit your smile? We’ve listed three ways it can help take care of your teeth. Just choose biodegradable paper or some of the beautifully designed reusable straws to protect our beautiful environment.

Increasing Your Water Consumption

If you struggle to drink enough water, using a straw can help. Drinking water is great for oral health, washing away food particles and acids, and ensuring you can produce plenty of saliva which is a crucial part of your mouth’s natural defence system.

Reducing Staining

Highly coloured drinks like tea, coffee or soda can stain your pearly whites. Drinking through a straw minimises contact with your teeth, resulting in less staining.

Reducing Cavities

Consuming sugary or acidic drinks is bad for your teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay. These sugars and acids can attack and weaken your tooth enamel, causing erosion and eventually cavities. When you drink through a straw, contact with your teeth is limited, so you can still enjoy these drinks without risking your smile.

What are Fissure Sealants?

If you have a child, our dentist might well discuss using fissure sealants to protect their adult back teeth soon after they erupt. Fissure sealants consist of a thin plastic coating that protects the

chewing surfaces of back teeth. These teeth have quite deep fissures and grooves that easily trap food and bacteria, and they can be tricky to brush thoroughly. By coating these teeth with a thin layer of plastic, we can create a smoother and easier-to-clean surface that is completely sealed, preventing infection and decay.

What is the Process for Fissure Sealants?

The procedure for placing fissure sealants is quick and entirely painless. First, we will clean the teeth thoroughly before lightly etching them with a special solution. This creates a slightly rougher surface so the sealant will bond with the teeth more strongly. The solution is removed, and the teeth are dried. The sealant is painted onto the clean, dry tooth surfaces and soon hardens.

Fissure sealants are durable and will last for several years but can be replaced as needed.

Tooth Sensitivity and How to Treat It

Is eating an ice-cream a trial instead of a pleasure? Does a sip of hot coffee leave you wincing in pain? You may have sensitive teeth.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by enamel erosion, where your tooth enamel has become thinner, exposing the more sensitive inner portion of the tooth. Any small cracks or chips in a tooth will also expose the inner part of the tooth, as will gum recession. When food or drink touches the inside portion of the tooth, it can be quite painful.

How to Treat Tooth Sensitivity

Firstly, come and see us here at Casey Dental so we can diagnose the cause of your tooth sensitivity. It could be that you are brushing your teeth too hard, and we can help you change your brushing techniques, or you may have one or two teeth that require mending with tooth

coloured composite resin. Professional fluoride applications could help to harden your tooth enamel. It could be useful to avoid highly acidic foods that could be damaging your tooth enamel, and we might suggest changing your brand of toothpaste. Toothpaste manufactured for tooth sensitivity can be very effective but must be used for several weeks as the effects are cumulative. The toothpaste works by gradually building up in areas where the enamel is thinner, helping to prevent tooth sensitivity.