Popcorn—the perfect companion for cinemas or a simple movie viewing at home.
These puffy kernels are healthy snack options for those who crave guilt-free indulgences. A tub of popcorn contains unprocessed whole grains, which contain fibre and antioxidants. If you do not overload your popcorn with salt, oil or butter, it is low in calories, sodium and fat.
You might wonder: ‘What is not to like about popcorn, then?’ Ask your dental practice or periodontist and they will reply with two words: gum abscess.
Abscess occurs when a pus formation affects your teeth or gums. The pus is a result of your body’s effort to fight the threat of bacteria from infecting your mouth. Your immune system sends white blood cells to the infected area to get rid of harmful germs.
An abscess forms when your body cannot drain the pus. It manifests due to tooth decay or cavity, deep pockets between the gums or trauma (food or debris embedded in the gum). In terms of trauma, dentists point to one foreign object that appears to be the leading culprit in most abscess cases: popcorn hulls.
Ever wondered why kernels often lodge themselves between your gums? The kernels’ tough and rounded coatings often conform to the tooth crown’s round shape. It is easy for the hulls to slip between the tiny gaps of your teeth and gums (pockets). Once these kernels are stuck, it is difficult to remove them with a toothbrush, floss or even a toothpick.
The presence of foreign matter leads to abscess, which results in toothache or throbbing pain in the gums. Other symptoms include swelling and redness of the mouth and of your face. With severe cases, you might suffer from vomiting, nausea, chills, fever or diarrhoea.
Seek a dentist’s help right away if you are suffering the symptoms. Dental practices often use x-rays and other dental instruments to remove the source of infection, as well as drain the fluid from the pus. It seems scary but abscess often responds immediately to the procedure. Your dentist might also prescribe medications to soothe the inflammation.
You can still enjoy popcorn—just be mindful of this issue and always mind your gums. Partner with Aesthetic Smiles for a healthier and abscess-free smile. Call us now for a free consultation.Back to Latest News
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