Why a Healthy Mouth During Cancer Treatment is So Important?
Posted on 10/15/2019 by Karl Olson
Oral hygiene is probably one of the last things on the mind of a cancer patient or their family, but cancer treatments, especially radiation, will often have lasting side effects that will appear in your mouth.
By paying special attention to your basic oral hygiene, as a cancer patient undergoing treatment, you can avoid common dental issues that could ultimately have an impact on your cancer treatments.
We recommend that you come into our office to see one of our dental professionals at least one month prior to your chemotherapy or radiation treatments. This is what we call a proactive oral hygiene approach, and we can help you address any existing concerns or problems and advise you on how to proceed as your treatment progresses. This will make sure that you avoid any challenges and we can work with you on a customized routine that is specific to your particular condition.
In addition to visits to our office before and after your treatment starts, we also recommend you take the following measures on your own.
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy During Cancer Treatment
Be sure to keep your mouth as clean as possible by using a soft bristle toothbrush and a mild fluoride based toothpaste after each and every meal, and especially before you go to bed at night. Take the time to floss as much as you can and use a mouthwash that is alcohol free to give you an added layer of security against bacteria. Be sure to change your toothbrush regularly, as they are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
The side effects of cancer treatments can differ from one patient to the next. You can often discover that your particular side effects are just mere annoyances, while others may experience more serious symptoms.
Reach out to us for a consultation so we can discuss your options and keep your mouth and smile healthy!
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