Inside the “sick hellscape” of tortilla chip-related injuries

To dentists, Grady v. Frito-Lay Inc.—the case of a Pennsylvania couple that suffered esophageal tears and injuries after eating “five or six” Doritos—is no laughing matter. Mel Magazine takes us deep into a world you never knew existed: the “sick hellscape” of tortilla chip-related injuries. Esophageal tears that require an ER visit are rare, but dentists commonly see chip-related abrasions to the gums, tongues, and roofs of mouths. If a chip does stab a hole in your gums, a Kansas dentist advises, avoid spicy foods, carbonated beverages, and tobacco for a week. But if it doesn’t heal—well, read the article, because it can get a lot worse.

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