Are you determined to overcome your cancer? Then you’ll want to know all you can do for a successful chemotherapy experience. That includes what you can do to protect your oral health.
While chemotherapy is typically the most effective cancer treatment in existence, it also weakens your immune system. This can affect your entire body, including your mouth, which will be more exposed to infection. It may also warp your salivary glands, causing chronic dry mouth. Since saliva works to wash away bad bacteria, your chances of tooth decay increase.
Chemotherapy is hard enough; you don’t need other stressors. That’s why it’s best to ensure that your mouth is as healthy as possible before your treatment begins. This is what you can do:
–Visit Brookfield Family Dentistry, LLC: Schedule your six-month professional oral exam and cleaning with Dr. Marianne Morelli a month or two before the start of chemotherapy. That will give us time to take care of any other oral problems we may find. Don’t hesitate to let us know that you are preparing for chemotherapy so that we can accommodate your needs accordingly.
–Keep up Oral Hygiene: You might not feel well, but try to be diligent in brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night. These two key habits are essential for your oral health
–Eat Nutritious Food: Food rich in certain nutrients can boost your immune health. Cultivate a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein.
Do you have questions about your oral health? You are welcome to ask us in Brookfield, Connecticut. Simply call 203.775.6167. We are here to support you.