Elín Sigurgeirsdóttir, head of the Dentist Association of Iceland, has warned people to bite carefully when feasting on delicacies this Christmas, mbl.is reports. It’s not uncommon this time of year for people to seek the help of dentists as they break their teeth chomping on nuts as well as particularly crisp crackling. Cracklings are crisp pork fat surrounding roasted pork, a favoured festive delicacy in Iceland.
“Us dentists become particularly aware of this problem around this time of year. Really, it happens as soon as Christmas parties start.”, Elín said. “People break their teeth by crunching the crackling on pork roast. The culprit can sometimes be nut shells which haven’t been removed appropriately and are stuck to the nut, which is put into the sauce or some dish, so the shell isn’t visible and people chomp on it.”
Elín states that the most severe of the cases involve pellets still found in rock ptarmigans, a favoured Christmas delicacy of many Icelanders.