Caring for Your Dental Health During Cancer Treatments

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Have you recently been diagnosed with cancer? Are you starting treatments for cancer? If so, one of the last things on your mind may be your dental health, and understandably so. Nevertheless, the treatments you may undergo can affect your dental health, so today we would like to help you prevent different oral health complications with a few tips.

-The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, or NIDCR, has recommended that you visit our dentist at least once a month before you begin your treatments so that existing problems may be taken care of.
-You may want to brush after every meal and before you go to bed. You can use a soft-bristled brush and a toothpaste with a mild taste. Toothbrushes can be a great place for bacteria to gather, so you may want to replace it frequently.
-You may need to be more gentle when flossing and brushing your teeth. Your mouth can become more sensitive during treatments and slight bleeding may occur. If you feel that it is unusually heavy, you should contact Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith or your cancer team right away.
-Another common side effect is dry mouth. If this happens to you, you can chew some sugarless gum, suck on some ice or our dentist may recommend some artificial saliva products to help prevent tooth decay.

If you have any other questions in Watkinsville, Georgia, concerning your dental health during cancer treatments, please make an appointment with Oconee Dental, PC by calling 706-769-1659. Let us help you care for your smile during this trying time in your life.