During cancer treatment, there are many problems that arise, amongst which oral complications are the common and should be monitored properly and timely, which depends on the individual cancer treatment. Chemotherapy can often damage the functionality of the bone marrow, reduces the formation of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. There are a few cancer treatments which impact the oral tissues in a negative way. Some medications are highly topic and they have a negative impact on dental health.
Going through the phase of dealing with a severe condition, a person has to go through chemotherapy and other related treatments, for which the following precautionary measures can be taken:
- Brush your teeth regularly and clean the tongue too with an extra soft toothbrush, using toothpaste which contains fluoride. Brush your teeth twice a day and if your toothbrush’s bristles hurt you, soak it in warm water before using.
- Make sure to floss your teeth every day, but gently. Your gums might get sore or bleed, but it is better that you do it gently and regularly.
- Use fluoride gel regularly.
- Refrain from using alcohol based mouthwashes.
- Every once in a while, rinse your mouth with a baking soda and salt solution, followed by plain water and do it several times a day.
- Stretch your jaw muscles by exercising them three times a day to prevent jaw stiffness that is a result of radiation. Once a day, open and close your mouth as far as possible, allowing it to stretch to the fullest, repeating it 20 times.
- Refrain from chewing gum, eating candies and drinking sugary sodas.
- Do not eat too much of those spicy foods, tobacco products, and alcohol.
These are some dental tips which can help reduce the impact of cancer treatment on your dental health.