Do you enjoy going to the movies? Maybe you go with the family, your friends, or your significant other. You might even enjoy a movie night all by yourself. Family movie nights can be a tradition for some families in Mansfield, TX. Movie nights usually involves popcorn, soda, candy, and a fun movie! If you enjoy all those snacks with your movie night, you should know that there is some risk associated with those types of treats. However, there are ways to enjoy a movie night tradition while also keeping smile health in the forefront of the mind.
Chew Popcorn Carefully
Unpopped kernels can crack a tooth. If you are mindlessly munching on popcorn during a movie, it can be easy to miss an unpopped kernel. Being mindful about your eating and avoiding the bottom of the bag can be helpful ways to avoid surprise tooth damage. The hulls of popcorn can get stuck between teeth and beneath the gums. If a hull gets stuck beneath the gums, it can cause irritation and infection if stuck there long enough. So, it is important to drink plenty of water to keep the smile rinsed while you eat popcorn.
Balance out the Sugar
When stocking up on movie treats, it can be easy to overboard on the sugar. If you are having a lot of candy, opt for water instead of soda. If you are drinking soda, go easy on the candy. When choosing candy, remember that some candy is better than others. Candy that is quick dissolving like chocolate is a better choice that sticky candy that will linger.
Follow with Sugarless Gum
Depending on the length of the movie, it can be awhile before you clean your smile after all the treats. Chewing sugarless gum can be a good thing to do in the meantime as it can help induce saliva that can rinse your smile.
Does your family enjoy movie nights?
Ask your dentist for more healthy smile tips. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.