Despite great strides in recent years in the fight against cancer, treatments can still disrupt normal life. Both radiation and chemotherapy have side effects that can cause problems in other areas like the teeth and gums.
It’s important to get ahead of any potential side effects it may have on your dental health. Here are some things that can help protect teeth and gums while undergoing cancer treatment.
Protect Your Mouth During treatments
Tips for Mouth Problems that May Arise
Sore Mouth, Sore Throat:
Rinse Often with:
¼ teaspoon of salt + ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in a 1 quart (4 cups) of warm water.
Ask your Cancer Care Team about medicine that can help with the pain.
Sip water often.
Use sugar-free gum or candy to simulate salivation.
Talk to your dentist about salivary substitutes.
Ask your Cancer Care Team for medicine to numb the pain.
Stiff Chewing Muscles:
Three times a day open and close your mouth as far as you can without pain. Repeat 20 times.
Rinse your mouth after vomiting. Use ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water.
Cavities: Ask your dentist to apply fluoride on your teeth to help protect them.
If you or loved one are about to start cancer treatment, contact your family dentist to discuss your specific needs and how to protect your teeth.
Mike Witkowski, D.D.S.
Green Oak Dental
Green Oak Drive Suite A
Kingwood, Texas, 77339