Is popcorn bad for your teeth?

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With the new Star Wars movie coming out, lots of folks will be flocking to the theater to watch their beloved trilogy and enjoy a big bowl of buttery popcorn. We all know that irresistible movie popcorn smell that makes your mouth water. When it comes to popcorn, there can be some surprises as you bite down, such as on a kernel. Ouch! This could actually crack your teeth. It is also easily lodged in between the teeth and the sharp edges can cut your gums up quite a bit.

This leaves us to question… Is popcorn bad for your teeth?

The answer is regrettably, YES! But that doesn’t mean you must give up an occasional indulgence of this savory American favorite. We have put together 5 tips so that you can still enjoy your popcorn while keeping teeth and gums in the best shape possible.

  1. Watch for the kernels. Try to be mindful of those sporadic hard pieces especially when you get to the bottom of the bag. Try taking your eyes off the big screen while grabbing from your bag to keep from getting those unfavorable chunks.
  2. The toothpick Trick. Try using a toothpick to get the lodged pieces out. It’s almost impossible to eat popcorn without getting some lodged somewhere. Remove the pieces as quickly as you can to keep from damaging your gums.
  3. Water. Water, Water. Popcorn is one of those foods that create lactic acid in your mouth. This acid is bad for tooth enamel if left on the teeth without proper cleaning. Try bringing along water. This will not only keep you hydrated, but flush away some of the debris and lactic acid.
  4. Sugar-Free Gum. Chewing on sugar-free gum after you’ve eaten helps stimulation saliva. This is also helpful in washing away popcorn pieces and harmful acids.
  5. Proper Oral Hygiene. Lastly, proper brushing and flossing as soon as you can after the movie is the best way to rid your mouth from these harmful substances. You can enjoy some of your guilty pleasures without the harmful effects on your oral health by proper brushing and flossing in a timely manner.

Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental if you are experiencing pain from biting down on popcorn or other hard foods or for your next dental checkup. Our friendly staff is ready to assist you at (727) 349-3615.