After chemo and radiation...how are your teeth?
Updated: Jan 30
I am two years out and still get my teeth cleaned every 6 months. I was never good at flossing real well and I really tried during my treatment for fear of issues. I know right before I started I had a crown put in. They say while in treatment to try not to do any procedures on your teeth. Some issues with chemo is the slow production of saliva. Dry mouth (which I had a lot during chemo), change in taste, infections, and tooth decay.
It is recommended to use mouthwash which I was very diligent about doing as well as flossing...then when I finished I was bad and didn't keep up with it. I still use it but not everyday. So when I went to the dentist today we have been watching some of my teeth and low and behold one of my cavities is starting to fail. On top of it one of my teeth with no issues has a crack right down the middle. I don't feel it nor does it hurt so we are hoping to do an easy fix and hopefully I won't need a crown.
I also noticed my teeth are more yellow. (I don't smoke or drink a lot of alcohol) it just happens.
So what have I been doing? I've been using a prescription toothpaste alongside my sensitive toothpaste. I've switched to an electrical toothbrush over the past year. I have Biotene Mouth Spray for when I have dry mouth. They say chewing gum helps with saliva but with me I have a slight case of TMJ so it hurts my jaw to chew gum.
My dentist always checks my lymph nodes and to make sure there are no sores in my mouth. I just did a laser treatment on my gums because when I floss I noticed I bleed each time. This periodontal laser helps with swollen gums, bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, suddenly sensitive teeth, loose teeth and gum recession.
So I need to get back to it and get better with my teeth. I don't want anymore issues and I am not looking forward to getting my teeth fixed let's just hope for the best and remember FLOSS, FLOSS, FLOSS!
You're a Fighter, Not a Quitter! You got this even after your treatments are all done we are still fighting and have to take care of ourselves. So remember to keep up on everything!