Many people enjoy popcorn as a light delicious snack. Some even find popcorn a healthier choice than candy, chips and other processed snacks. There is a rise in dental injuries resulting from popcorn kernels and popcorn husks. Popcorn husks are the thin shell that surrounds the kernel that tends to stick in between teeth and trapped beneath the gum line. Biting into an unpopped kernel can break or fracture your teeth while leaving popcorn husk or remnants of popcorn between your teeth can cause infection and or decay.
How can you enjoy popcorn while preserving your teeth?
–Careful when chewing. Chew casually especially when eating popcorn toward the bottom of the bag.
-Rinse after eating. Rinsing your teeth with water or salt water may help dislodge any stuck popcorn particles.
–Brush and floss. Brushing and flossing can help dislodge popcorn stuck beneath the gums or between your teeth.
*If you are experiencing pain, you should contact Dr. Herman’s office to make an appointment.