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A Few Considerations for Chemotherapy Patients

  • October 13, 2014

Every moment of every day a person’s life changes when they receive the diagnosis of cancer. Cancer occurs in every part of the body in people of all ages, which makes it one of the most frightening conditions of all. The treatment used most often, chemotherapy, can have very negative effects for your oral health, so it’s important to know what to expect from chemotherapy so that you can focus your attention on fighting your infection.

1) Infections Are Dangerous – When you’re being treated with chemotherapy, even the smallest infection can stop your treatment. Gum disease is one of the most common infections in the United States, which makes it very important to prevent with routine dental care.

2) Sore, Dry Mouth – Chemotherapy has a way of making the inside of your mouth very sore and dry. In order to fight against the discomfort, be sure to keep your mouth hydrated with water or ice chips.

3) Eating Becomes Difficult – With the sore, dry mouth, eating can sometimes become difficult. Keep soft, cool foods on hand for days that are particularly uncomfortable, and avoid foods that cause pain.

If you or a loved one is facing chemotherapy, oral health is of utmost importance. See us about a month before your treatment begins, and maintain routine appointments throughout your treatment to avoid a gum disease infection. Contact us today to set up an appointment. We’d love to be there for you while you walk through this journey.

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