Dear Popcorn, We Love You But Might Have To Say Goodbye.

By November 17, 2021 No Comments

You are such a treat. Whether you’re with us at the movies, at a sporting event, in the park or cozy in our own homes, you make everything better. You bring us together. You inspire us to spend time with one another, sharing your goodness, sharing laughter, sharing fun.

Your always been there for us, for as long as we can remember. You help us grow closer to one another, and to make memories that can’t possibly be erased. For all this and more, Popcorn – we love you! but might have to say goodbye to preserve our teeth.

Most of us love Popcorn but is it good for our teeth?

Eating popcorn can cause lasting damage to your teeth

While it’s almost impossible to eat popcorn without getting some stuck in your teeth, you can act quickly to help mitigate any damage. With a healthy flossing you should be able to get those thin husks out from between your teeth. The word healthy needs to be emphasized, because unfortunately, if you don’t clean them out it can lead to infection and even an abscess.

Those hard, un popped kernels are very good at breaking and cracking teeth. Be careful as you devour a big handful, especially if it’s at the bottom of the bag. Cracked teeth usually means you’ll be in need of a crown which can be expensive.

They’re hard enough to chip a tooth if you crunch down on one of them by accident or on purpose. However, popcorn actually poses a double threat. The thin shell that covers the kernel can actually get stuck between your teeth or between your tooth and gum, giving bacteria a source of food and promoting tooth decay.

Damage Caused to Teeth by Un-Popped Popcorn Kernels

If you bite down on an un-popped popcorn kernel you could experience:

  • A cracked tooth
  • A broken tooth
  • Inflamed gums

Damage Caused to Teeth by Popcorn Hulls

If a popcorn hull it is not dislodged from your gums and teeth it can lead to any one of the following consequences:

  • Bone loss
  • A “Popcorn Abscess”
  • Decay leading to a cavity
  • Tooth deterioration
  • Loss of the tooth altogether

We’re not saying you can’t eat popcorn but please be careful.

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