This is the time of year when people let their diets go to indulge in everything the season has to offer – good friends, good family, and good food. Everywhere you look there is another celebration to attend chockful of tasty eats. Unfortunately, it is your mouth that takes the brunt of your celebrations. In honor of the season, here are a few things you would be wise to avoid if you’d like your next dental visit to go as smoothly as you hope.

Because you are going to be surrounded by lots of sweet temptations, make sure you are aware of what, and how much, you are eating. No one wants to deprive themselves of all the delicious treats the season has to offer, but keeping things in moderation will help keep your smile cavity-free. If you have to have certain sweets, balance it out with some healthier snacks in between. Saliva production is a great way to naturally wash away cavity-causing bacteria, so munching on things like veggies and proteins will help remove some of the sugars left on your teeth by those sweet treats.

Candies like caramels and gumdrops are prevalent during this time of year, but their chewy texture gets lodged in your teeth, giving bacteria plenty of chance to wreak havoc. And candy canes may be the mascot of the season, but it is a candy that takes time to finish, leaving lots of sugar in your mouth. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to brush your teeth afterward. Rinsing your mouth with water if you don’t have a toothbrush handy works too.

If you would like further information regarding holiday dental tips, contact Tory Hill Dental at 207-929-6626 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit for additional information.