January 16, 2016

If you plan to celebrate National Popcorn day, then you should also plan to be more diligent in your oral hygiene. Popcorn is one food that can significantly increase one’s risk for gum disease. Certain popcorn toppings can increase the amount bacteria and plaque in your mouth. Dr. Joseph R. Nemeth wants to help prevent gum disease by making you more aware of another way popcorn can affect your oral health.

Popcorn Hulls Can Be Dangerous

You may be aware that having foreign objects inside of your mouth can cause surface abrasions to your teeth, but did you know they can also cause small sores and gum abscesses. Popcorn kernel pieces can linger behind and become stuck in the gum tissue in your mouth. It does not matter if you are aware of their presence inside of your mouth. While some popcorn hulls tend to get dislodged on their own, many do not and can work their way further into the gum tissue, causing distress, pain and dental complications. They attract bacteria and plague which can infect gum tissue and cause painful pockets of pus to form.

It is vitally important for you to see a periodontist in Southfield, MI if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Sore gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Abscesses
  • Receding gums
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Bad breath

The above symptoms could indicate you have gum disease and also the presence of foreign food particles that may be trapped in your gums. To rule them out and to receive proper treatment to restore your oral health and comfort, a comprehensive periodontal exam is needed.

Going forward from today, make sure you floss your teeth immediately after eating popcorn, no matter where you are. This action alone, can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Contact our dental office today at (248) 636-2200 for an appointment with Dr. Nemeth.



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