Popcorn, Yumm!!! Popcorn is that crunchy, buttery, salty snack that seems to be the perfect choice while watching TV or a movie. The butter, salt and oil version might not be the healthiest choice but air popped popcorn is considered a healthy snack. As perfect as this snack may seem, is it the best choice for your teeth and oral health? This has been a long time debated topic.
Popcorn as a Healthy snack choice
Popcorn, minus all the butter and salt is loaded with antioxidants that help with cell damage. Popcorn also provides calories, protein, vitamins and minerals that are good for your body. As we all know, corn is one of the main food crops in most civilizations around the planet.
But is popcorn good for your teeth?
This is a debated question. Popcorn provides nutrients that support your body. Anything that healthily supports the body is in fact good for your oral health. However, with this being said, you need to consider the flip side. The sugar and carbohydrates in popcorn interact with your mouths bacteria creating acid that wears away your tooth enamel. It is also a common occurrence for popcorn to become lodged under the gums or in between teeth while eating. Without those small kernels being removed, this can cause pain, infection, abscesses and even contribute to tooth decay.
So, should you pick popcorn for your next snack? That’s up to you to decide. But if you do, as with any snack, the office of Dr. David M Duncan, DDS recommends that you brush after eating. With popcorn, we suggest you spend some time flossing to ensure the removal of kernels that might have become lodged while consuming.
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