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Oral Care is Utmost Important Before & After the Cancer Treatment

Posted under Dental Health Tips on April 25th, 2012 | No Comments
Oral Care is Utmost Important Before & After the Cancer Treatment

As the Morgan Hill community gears up for the annual Relay For Life, an event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for the American Cancer Society, Santa Teresa Dental would like to remind cancer patients about the importance of oral care.

When possible, schedule a thorough dental checkup at least one month before the cancer treatment begins.  Dr. Andrew Huang may recommend having oral diseases treated early and extracting all hopeless and questionable teeth.

During cancer treatment, continue to gently brush teeth, with a fluoride toothpaste, twice a day unless Dr. Andrew Huang recommends otherwise. Dr. Huang may also recommend a mouthrinse and/or a prescription fluoride gel to help reduce the likelihood of tooth decay.

Continue to gently floss once a day.  If the gums are sore or bleeding in places, avoid those areas but continue to floss other teeth until the condition improves.

Some patients discover they can not tolerate the flavor of their regular toothpaste. If this happens try another flavor that will not irritate mouth tissues.

Rinse your mouth several times a day with a solution of ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, followed by a plain water rinse. This is particularly helpful if you experience vomiting after cancer treatment.

If dry mouth develops, saliva replacement is available at pharmacies. Taking frequent sips of water, sucking on ice chips or sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may provide relief.

Finally, eat a balanced diet. And of course avoid using tobacco and alcohol.