There are plenty of less dangerous snacks that can replace popcorn as your go-to movie accompaniment. Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy to munch on, with carrots and celery even offering the satisfying crunch you may miss if you give up popcorn. If it’s savory starches you’re looking for, toast or crackers don’t pose a risk of breaking your teeth.
Of course, you don’t have to completely ditch popcorn to protect your teeth from the risks. There are some precautions you can take the make the snack safer. We tend to eat popcorn while distracted by a movie or TV show, which is why we can be caught unawares by an unpopped kernel. This can be solved by eating popcorn one at a time (rather than by the handful), or simply paying more attention to what’s going into your mouth before you start chewing. As for the husks, flossing immediately after eating popcorn can keep them from nesting themselves under your gumline. And if you notice that you have a husk you can’t remove, see a dentist quickly, before the problem can worsen.
In fact, seeing a dentist at least once every six months is a good idea for your whole mouth. Regular checkups can ensure that your teeth get the attention they deserve. Complications like cavities and gum disease don’t happen overnight. And the earlier they’re caught, the easier they are to treat.
If you are looking for a quality dentist in midtown Manhattan, please call 212-557-8668 today for an appointment with Dr. Karthilde Appolon at Appolon Dental Group in Columbus Circle.