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3 Ways Popcorn Can Ruin Your Mouth

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

How many times have you bitten into an under-popped popcorn kernel and felt it clash violently with your teeth. For a split second you worry that the kernel actually damaged the tooth and you swear you’ll never eat popcorn again. But then you realize that you’re fine and continue eating popcorn. But each time you eat it you expose yourself to that risk; next time you might not be as lucky.

Unpopped kernels are not the only concern, however. Even a popped kernel will leave its hard hull behind inside soft starchy exterior. There have been several documented cases of the hull getting lodged in the gums and causing infection. In at least one case the infection almost cost a man his life.

Let’s say you do survive the onslaught of unpopped kernels and sharp hulls. Now you have cavities to contend with. Popcorn is mainly carbohydrates, the favorite food for cavity causing bacteria. This is made even worse if the popcorn is in the form of Cracker Jack and is covered in sugar as well.

These facts haven’t stopped people from enjoying popcorn, but armed with this knowledge you can mitigate some of the risk involved.

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The Rise of Oral Vaccines

Throughout history (and especially as of late), vaccines have been a hot topic. While vaccination is an efficient way to prevent infectious diseases, the rise of oral vaccines proves this method to be an even more efficient and cost-effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Until now, oral vaccinations have focused on preventing diseases that enter […]

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Don’t Underestimate Smokeless Tobacco

It’s common knowledge that smoking affects your oral health, but let’s not forget about smoking’s destructive counterpart: smokeless chewing tobacco (also known as “snuff”). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, snuff is a fine grain tobacco that a user places in their mouth between their lips and gums. As saliva generates, the […]

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