As living with COVID-19 as a risk becomes the new normal, you’ve probably found new activities in your home to pass the time while social distancing. Of these indoor events, none are more popular than binge-watching! Whether it’s an entire season of your favorite TV show, or watching a movie marathon, many people are turning to this activity. However, binge-watching can actually negatively impact your oral health if you’re not careful. Read on to learn about the surprising ways binge-watching can affect your dental hygiene.
What Happens While You’re Binge-Watching
Whether it’s a Harry Potter Marathon, catching up on Game Of Thrones, or enjoying some Real House Wives, it can be easy to spend hours on the couch consuming your favorite TV shows or movies. One thing you may do without even realizing it is snacking. This habit is effortless, and because popcorn and movies just go hand-in-hand, it’s difficult not to munch while watching TV.
Constant snacking is not only bad for your body, but it can seriously affect your teeth. Without giving your mouth breaks in between meals, saliva doesn’t naturally wash away plaque and debris. This allows bacteria to build up in your mouth, leading to higher risk of cavities and decay. Additionally, it’s no secret that movie snacks are often sugary, and popcorn can get stuck in between teeth. When sugar comes in contact with bacteria in your mouth, it creates acids that cause decay.
Healthy Snacks for Healthy Smiles
Snacking is okay as long as you’re choosing foods that are healthy for your smile! Fruits and vegetables like apples or celery taste great, but their crunchy texture also acts as a natural toothbrush, scrubbing away lingering plaque. You can try low-fat dairy products because their calcium content fortifies your enamel. It’s also a good idea to choose water or other clear beverages instead of soda or wine. Liquids that are dark in color can stain your enamel, causing discoloration over time. Plus, water helps wash away food debris and it stimulates your saliva flow.
Tips for a Healthy Smile
If you’re limiting your sugary snacks and substituting for healthier foods, you’re already on your way to oral health success. However, good dental hygiene doesn’t stop with your diet. It’s important that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. You should also floss your teeth once a day to remove lingering food debris like popcorn kernels from your last binge! Additionally, be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to ensure there aren’t any issues with your oral health.
Are you ready to start binging? Set up your TV and get comfortable. Just remember these easy tips for a healthy smile while watching!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Scott Olson is an experienced dentist who is using advanced safety measures to care for his patients during these uncertain times. Whether you need routine care, or you bit down too hard on a popcorn kernel and find yourself in an emergency, he is ready to help! He can be contacted through his website or by phone at (417) 823-4900.