It is National Popcorn Day and the first thing on your mind should not be how much popcorn you are going to eat. It should be what steps you are going to take to protect your teeth and gums. To help to minimize the damage that popcorn can cause to your smile, Dr. James R. Pace has these gum disease prevention tips for you to use.
Season Popcorn Sparingly
Minimize the amount of flavorings and toppings you put on your popcorn. Popcorn is considered to be a very nutritious snack when it has minimal toppings. However, when it is loaded up with sugary and fatty toppings, such as caramel and butter, you risk exposing your teeth and gums to high levels of sugar. These substances tend to stick to teeth, leaving behind residue that attracts unhealthy bacteria, thus increasing your risk of infection, tooth decay and gum disease.
Floss After Consumption
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for you to floss right after you finish your popcorn. Do not pick out any hulls that are stuck in your teeth and gums with your fingernails. Floss thoroughly so you can remove any thing that is left behind and access those hard to reach places where your toothbrush cannot normally get to.
Get Regular Cleanings and Exams
Seeing your dentist in Nashville, TN on a regular basis can do wonders for your oral health. Not only can they perform a thorough exam to ensure all traces of food particles and popcorn are gone from inside of your mouth, but they can also address any dental concerns you may have so you can enjoy optimal dental health for the rest of your life.
Contact Belle Family Dentistry at (615) 653-4555 to make an appointment to see Dr. Pace for a cleaning immediately after National Popcorn Day to ensure your smile remains healthy.