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How Binge-Watching Can Affect Your Oral Health

August 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcaballeros @ 4:27 pm
Woman eating popcorn while binge-watching TV

Do you remember having to sit in anticipation for an entire week to watch the next episode of your favorite show? Thanks to platforms like Netflix, full seasons are released at one time, so you don’t have to wait more than five seconds before finding out what happens next! While the convenience is undeniable, the era of constant content has led to the average American streaming a whopping 8 hours of content per day! Initially, the lack of social interaction and physical exercise are two major concerns; however, the mindless snacking that comes with marathon consumption is equally as troubling. Read on for four common binge-watching treats and how they affect your oral health.

Popcorn

When it comes to at-home movie nights, few snacks are as satisfying as crunchy, buttery popcorn. Although delicious, this classic food has pesky kernels that can easily lodge themselves between your teeth and under your gums. Plus, one hard bite into an uncooked piece can turn your binge-watching session into an emergency trip to the dentist! So, make sure to always brush and floss thoroughly afterward and keep an eye out for unpopped kernels.

Takeout

According to Grubhub’s “Taste of 2019” report, convenience is placed before health when it comes to takeout. Unfortunately, this can lead to mindless consumption of refined sugars and carbs, which is a recipe for tooth decay and cavities. Therefore, opt for cooking your meals at home instead! Not only will it lead to improved portion control, but you will also have a better idea of what is going into your food while simultaneously saving money!

Soda

Previously, companies like Coca-Cola would play ads in the theater before your movie began. Today, they sneak their popular beverages into binge-worthy TV shows, like Stranger Things. However, these high-sugar drinks turn into acid when they interact with the bacteria in your mouth, leading to eroded enamel, tooth decay, and cavities. To protect your teeth, opt for a non-sugary seltzer or plain water while enjoying your favorite show.

Red Wine

After a long day, watching a few episodes of your guilty pleasure with a glass of wine may be just what you need to unwind. However, the acidic nature of wine causes the enamel of your teeth to break down, which results in stubborn stains and unsightly discoloration. Therefore, make sure to brush your teeth after finishing your glass to remineralize your teeth!

During your next TV-marathon, it is important to be mindful of your oral health. A great place to start is by swapping out the above treats for healthier alternatives, like fresh fruit. That way, you can enjoy your show knowing your teeth and gums are in tip-top shape!

About the Practice

At On Point Dentistry, a patient-centered approach to service, personalized treatment plans, and a phenomenal team come together for a dental experience that exceeds expectations. Backed by their talented staff, Dr. Marco Caballeros and Dr. Carlos Parra use their extensive experience, clinical skills, and passion for their craft to help patients achieve optimal oral health and beautiful smiles. If your teeth need some post-binge-watching TLC, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment via their website or by phone at 972-418-8461.

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