Popcorn in my gum.

I see dental emergencies every day but the number of emergencies always increases after the New Year. One of the main reasons for this is; everyone starts their New Years resolution to loose weight and consumes mass quantities of popcorn, and various seeds.

Popcorn and sunflower seeds may be considered a diet food but the shell of both often gets stuck behind the third molars or underneath the gum leading to a gum abscess. When treated early the infection will quickly go away and no real harm is done. If left untreated it can lead to severe pain and irreversible bone loss. If you suspect something is caught in or around your tooth call the Levittown office and we will see you quickly and treat the problem before it becomes a major emergency.


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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at marc@anxietyfreedental.com