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5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Straws

Straws are not only detrimental to the environment and ocean life, they also come with health consequences. 


1. Causes smokers lips

Smokers are known to develop wrinkles around their lips from their unhealthy habit.  Smoking can cause the lips form a repetitive motion causing wrinkles to appear early.
Smoking is not the only thing that can cause lip wrinkles, drinking out of a straw can too.

Celebrity esthetician Renée Roleau explained to Marie Claire that, “When drinking out of a straw, the movement of the mouth area that you have to make will encourage the breakdown of collagen and elasticity more quickly, causing unnecessary wrinkles and lines.”

2. Straws can cause teeth stains

There is a false misconception that drinking out of a straw can prevent teeth stains, but they actually allow more liquid to come into your mouth which can cause more staining.
Greenspoint Dental confirms that straw use does little to actually protect your teeth from exposure.

Dental insurance is important for maintaining a healthy smile.  Dental insurance covers routine checkups and cleanings that can prevent stains created by drinking from a straw.

3. Causes excess gas and bloating

WebMD cites avoiding drinking through a straw as a way to prevent swallowing excess air that causes gas. Straws allow a lot of air to come into the throat which then causes severe bloating and gas.

4. Straws can cause cavities.

Most people sip from a straw in the middle of their mouth which can concentrate the exposure to sugar to one area, causing more severe decay and cavities.  Having dental insurance can aid in the health of your teeth.  Cosmo offers group dental insurance plans.

5. They are killing whales and ocean life

According to National Geographic straws are the main contributor to the 8 million tons of plastic that makes it way into the ocean every year.
These little straws are mistaken for food by sea creatures, especially whales, and cannot be digested.


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