It's Hard to "Just Say No"

Thanks Certifiably Kissable for such a “tasty” article (see below).  Growing up as a kid, with both my mom and dad as dentists, there was NO popcorn in our house, however, I cannot lie, there were times when we were treated to movie theatre popcorn.  That said, I strongly recommend you limit the amount of popcorn you eat, eat in moderation and for those who don’t practice solid dental hygiene or have any type of gum related issues, just say no.  I’ve seen many patients come to the office with a broken or cracked tooth caused by biting an un-popped corn kernel.

Dr. Gerald Bittner, Sr. (Retired)

Dr. Gerald Bittner, Sr. (Retired)

It’s always easier said than done to just say no.  If you just can’t resist the popcorn, and I totally understand, here are my suggestions to maintain your healthy and happy smile:

  1. Stay away from the extra’s (butter, salt, caramel, etc.), eat naked popcorn, it really is healthier
  2. Eat only a couple of pieces at a time and chew slowly
  3. Stay away from the bottom of the popcorn bowl, bag or bucket (that’s where the un-popped kernels live)
  4. Drink water and “swish”
  5. Floss, brush and rinse after your snack

Enjoy the read.

Popcorn:  Friend or Foe?

by Certifiably Kissable

Go to any farmers market these days and you are almost guaranteed to find a line of people waiting for a bag of freshly popped kettle corn.  People love it!  Especially when coated in salt, butter and sometimes, when we are lucky, drizzled with a batch of chocolate, caramel or some other confectionary delight. I’m sure we can all agree that this is the popcorn that makes our mouths water but let’s admit it, we know the extra calories, fat and sugar is just not good for us.

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So why is popcorn called the “healthy” snack alternative?  “Naked” popcorn, with no salt, butter, caramel, etc. is what the fuss is all about.  Here are the nutritional facts:

Hands down, this is a very tough snack to beat but you also need to take into consideration your oral health.  From a “teeth” friendly perspective, popcorn has to be one of the top 5 foods to avoid.  Why?  Here are a couple of reasons:

  1. The thin husks from the popcorn can get stuck between your teeth, especially your back teeth and can lead to possible infection.
  2. The bacteria in your mouth that causes acid loves popcorn, especially the little pieces that get stuck between your teeth.
  3. The final and most immediate reason is the number of broken and cracked teeth that result from biting down on un-popped kernels. 

If you have a love for popcorn that won’t quit, be sure to talk to your dentist or hygienist and make sure your gums and teeth won’t be adversely affected by your popcorn choices.  Keep your smile healthy and happy, be sure to brush twice daily, floss and rinse.  And don’t forget to visit your dentist at least every six months.