Cancer not only impacts your body, it can impact your mouth and your gum tissue as well. Chemotherapy decreases your immune system but if you have problems or infection already it can cause more problems in your mouth. Depending on the severity of the infection it may delay treatment or it may cause other problems for your smile.
Dry mouth is one of the side effects of radiation which can cause more severe dental problems such as increased decay, cavities and other infections. Taking care of your mouth and your smile is extremely important, as is during treatment ensure you are brushing and taking care of your smile. Brushing, eating healthy, and flossing during treatment can decrease your risk of dental problems now and in the future.
Before your treatment starts, think about scheduling an appointment with your dentist in order to discuss anything you may need to take care of prior to treatment. During treatment, contact your doctor prior to any dental procedures that you may have done.
During your treatment if you feel there are any changes in your dental health, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team in order to determine what the best route would be to ensure your smile stays as healthy as possible.