Cancer treatments can have varied effects on the oral and dental structures of your mouth. It can be difficult experiencing the oral side effects that some cancer treatments can cause. A Henderson dentist can work with you to solve or manage the oral discomforts induced by some cancer treatments.
Depending on the type of cancer treatment has been designated to treat your cancer, there are different side effects. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and medication taken orally are some examples of cancer treatments. The gum tissue, teeth, jaw bone, salivary glands, and the tissue lining the mouth are all structures that can be affected, altering the way that you swallow, speak, eat, and chew. It is important to know how to care for your mouth before, during, and after cancer treatment.
Home care will be the biggest defender against developing oral issues. Dry mouth, mouth sores, inflammation of the gums, tongue, and/or lining, and tooth decay can all occur. By using an extra soft toothbrush and flossing twice daily you can help to eliminate factors that will further irritate your mouth.
Despite your best efforts, there may be continued discomfort caused by cancer treatments. Some of these irritations will remain through cancer treatment but will dissipate once treatment has ended. Others will remain or will take an extended amount of time for the symptoms to cease.
Refrain from eating foods that are spicy, extremely cold or hot, acidic or contain alcohol. Also avoid using tobacco products throughout cancer treatment and in general. Stick with eating mild, soft, and bland foods that won’t irritate oral structures. Using saliva inducing medications can help with mouth dryness and helping to prevent plaque from adhering to teeth that cause gingival inflammation and dental decay. Drinking water and chewing on sugar-free gum is another great way to produce saliva and to comfort sore tissues in the mouth and throat. Severe pain can be managed by medications administered by the dentist and your medical doctor.
Cancer is a difficult and scary medical situation to navigate through. A Henderson dentist is here to answer your questions and to help manage your pain and discomfort. Please call today for oral health help before, during, and after your cancer treatment.