Say you’re on a dinner date or out at a business lunch. You want to make a good impression, so you’re taking extra care with your portions, making sure that your napkin is folded in your lap, the whole nine yards. Then you excuse yourself to go to the restroom, only to find that you’ve had a giant piece of parsley stuck right between your front teeth the whole time!
The good news is that it’s happened to us all at one time or another. The bad news is that sometimes it’s simply unavoidable. Chewing food breaks it up into tiny particles, and sometimes those tiny particles are going to get stuck where they shouldn’t. After all, that’s what brushing and flossing are for, right? But if you want to be a little extra cautious, your Overland Park dentist has compiled a list of some of the top food items that are most likely to get stuck in your teeth. You’ll want to be extra careful when eating these foods—or avoid them altogether!
Parsley is the biggest offender, which is one of the reasons it’s always used as an example. That’s kind of a bummer, too, because parsley is actually great for freshening your breath! Spinach, cilantro, and chopped basil all follow in short order, and we’re sure that you can see what all these foods have in common. Leafy green herbs can easily become stuck in your teeth. Coarse ground black pepper can also be a problem.
If you’re doing a breakfast, watch out for poppy seeds on your bagel, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in your parfait, and broccoli in your quiche. Strawberry seeds and poppy seeds are notorious for getting stuck between your teeth, and blueberry skins offer a similar difficulty.
You may be surprised that popcorn is not on this list. While we all know that few things are more annoying than popcorn hulls between your teeth, you’re probably eating popcorn in a darkened theater or at home on the couch, so they’re less likely to cause an embarrassing situation.
If you want to avoid the embarrassment of having food stuck in your smile, a quick swish from your water glass may be enough to do the trick, but it’s also easy to sneak a small travel toothbrush, pocket flossers, or some sugar-free chewing gum into your bag or coat pocket for just these occasions. A quick check-up in the restroom can help put your mind at ease, and the chewing gum will help freshen your breath, too! If you’re self-conscious about your smile for reasons other than recently-chewed food particles, you’re not alone.
Fortunately, your Overland Park dentist can help with everything from teeth whitening to orthodontia to a simple cleaning to keep your smile looking its best. Just call Watts Family Dental at (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment or chat with a member of our friendly staff today!