The Christmas Culprits!

We know the temptation may be strong and your oral health may be fairly far down on your Christmas to-do list however, here are a few things you could try and avoid over the Christmas holiday to keep you smiling! Discussed will be some common ways you could be unknowingly damaging your teeth over the festive period.

Christmas toffees

Year upon year, toffees are one of the main culprits when it comes to broken teeth! Because of their sticky nature, they have the power to pull off dental restorations such as fillings, crowns, bridges, or veneers.


If sipped upon frequently, prosecco can have a detrimental effect on the teeth because of the sugar, acid and alcohol levels. The sparkling treat should be enjoyed in moderation, ensuring you limit the erosive effects on your tooth enamel by drinking plenty of water in between glasses.


Over the Christmas period we are surrounded by tempting treats and it can be easy to end up grazing throughout the day without realising. However it is not the volume of sugar that damages your teeth, it is how often you eat it. When you are snacking frequently throughout the day, your teeth are constantly under attack. It is much better to eat your tasty Christmas treats with a meal.

Makeshift toothpicks

Using anything other than a recommended interdental aid could be damaging for your teeth and gums. Instead, try to gently work trapped food loose with dental floss or interdental brushes. If you are unable to dislodge it and it starts to cause discomfort then call your dental practice.

Wrapping presents

You put enormous pressure on the edges of your teeth when you tear sticky tape, and it’s an easy way to crack or weaken teeth, or even dislodge a crown or veneer. It is therefore a good idea to invest in a tape dispenser to save you a potential tooth injury.

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