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National Popcorn Day

National Popcorn Day will be celebrated by some this Friday, what could be better than this healthy treat to help you with your January diet? 

As this so called healthy snack has grown in popularity over the past couple of years dentists are seeing a rise in broken teeth and missing filings as a result. This results from biting down on hard, uncooked kernels hidden within the popcorn. It is also very easy for small pieces to get trapped between teeth, which are difficult to remove by brushing or flossing.

Tim Rumney, practice owner and clinical director at Illume, says: “Popcorn can cause as many chipped and damaged teeth as boiled sweets, fudge and caramel.

“To add to the problem, the wafer-thin husks are a particular issue as they can easily get stuck under the gums against the side of the tooth. If this is left untreated these can cause gum disease and abscesses.”

Many of us will be visiting the cinema or sitting in front of the TV during the colder months and the absent-minded way in which we chew popcorn may also cause problems as teeth can slip and bang together, causing fissures and fractures. 

Tim addes “My advice is to enjoy the snack but take care when eating so you don’t end up needing emergency treatment.”

If you are experiencing toothache or gum pain after eating popcorn please ring 01242 522230 or email info@illumedentistry.co.uk .