It is important to be aware of some of the side effects to the mouth, gums, and teeth that can result from cancer treatment. In this blog post we offer some helpful tips so that you can be adequately prepared. This post into 3 parts: Part One – Before Beginning Chemo and Radiation; Part Two – Probable Oral Side Effects; Part Three – Tips for Maintaining Oral Health and Comfort Including Product Suggestions
If you are prepared and know what to expect, you can be extra vigilant with oral care. You can see a dentist before you start your cancer treatment protocol. You can choose your foods carefully. Keep your mouth hydrated by drinking and sipping fluids. You can purchase special products which will be helpful to maintaining your oral health prior to commencing your treatment. Maintain a dialog with both your dentist, oncologist, and oncology nurses during treatment. Try to address any oral care issues that arise promptly, so your treatment protocol is not interrupted.