The silly season is upon us, which means lots of excitement, celebrations, and maybe a little bit of stress. Don’t let your teeth suffer this Christmas by watching out for these 10 Christmas dental hazards:

1. Forgetting to pack your toothbrush

If you’re lucky enough to be going away over Christmas, be sure to remember to pack your toothbrush! Whilst it can be easy enough to purchase a replacement in urban destinations, if you’re travelling to somewhere more remote, it might not be as easy. Brushing twice daily is very important for removing plaque and decay-causing bacteria.

2. Consuming sugary Christmas treats

There’s no doubt that Christmas is a time of indulgence, with many celebrations and parties taking place across both the workplace as well as the home. Desserts and sweets will most likely be a feature of these occasions, but remember that these foods are the enemy of your teeth! The bacteria in your mouth can convert sugar to acids, which can erode the enamel of your teeth, leading to decay. Enjoy these treats in moderation and remember to brush and floss regularly.

3. Opening things with your teeth

You should never try and open gifts or bottles with your teeth, no matter how difficult they are to get open. This can cause your teeth to chip and crack so keep some scissors and a bottle opener handy instead.

4. Grinding teeth through stress

There’s no doubt that Christmas is a stressful time of year for many, which can take its toll on your oral health. Stress can cause some people to grind or clench their teeth while they sleep. In addition to experiencing headaches and pain in the jaw from this, teeth grinding can also chip or crack teeth too. Be sure to see your dentist if you suspect your are grinding your teeth.

5. Silver coins in Christmas puddings

A favourite British tradition is to hide silver coins in the middle of Christmas puddings, which, if found, is supposed to bring wealth. If you’re unfortunate enough to bite into the hard metal of a hidden coin and break a tooth, your wealth might suffer in actual fact! Be careful to check for coins before you have a mouthful.

6. Kissing under the mistletoe

Kissing is a common way for germs to spread and for people to contract illnesses so remember that when you are caught under the mistletoe!