Popcorn, the new hidden potential danger to your teeth

Popcorn is bad for your teeth

11 Oct Popcorn, the new hidden potential danger to your teeth

Are you a popcorn lover? Well beware of the hidden potential danger to your teeth, and we’re not talking about the added sugar on top!


An article published in the Daily Telegraph this week cites popcorn as one of the top ten causes of broken teeth.


Supermarket sales of popcorn have doubled over the past five years to £104 million as more health conscious Brits swap traditional fatty snacks such as crisps for popcorn, a lower calorie alternative. Unfortunately, while popcorn may be better for your waistline, it’s not always a preferable option for your teeth.


Biting down on hard uncooked kernels hidden within the popcorn can cause teeth to break or crack. Also, it’s easy for small pieces to get trapped between teeth which are difficult to remove by just brushing or flossing. The wafer-thin husks are a particular problem as they can easily get stuck under the gums against the side of the tooth. If not treated, these can quickly cause gum disease and even abscesses.


If you really can’t do without your popcorn fix, make sure you do the following:

  • Watch what you’re eating! Look out for the uncooked kernels and avoid munching on large handfuls which might be hiding them.
  • Drink plenty of water with your popcorn to wash away the small pieces and dilute the sugar (if you’re a sweet popcorn person).
  • Brush and floss your teeth after eating popcorn. Use a toothpick if you need to.
  • Visit your dentist if you experience a toothache or gum pain after eating popcorn.


If you inadvertently break or crack a tooth while eating popcorn visit your dentist as soon as possible. They may be able to repair the tooth but if not they will be able to offer a replacement option.


We can provide restorative dental treatment as well as implants and dentures. If you’d like to arrange a consultation, please call us on 01395 225600.


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