If you have cancer, you are in for quite the experience. Are you determined to come out on top? If so, there are two things you’ll want to know: how cancer affects your mouth and what you can do to ensure your mouth’s health before your cancer treatment.
One of the aspects of cancer and chemotherapy is that they both weaken your immune system. Unless mouth is very healthy prior to treatment, you will likely develop some kind of infection. Radiation can also damage your salivary glands which can result in a severe case of dry mouth, increasing your chance of cavities and infections. You don’t need any extra stress during chemotherapy, so here’s what you can do to prepare:
– Visit Moore Dental Services: Dr. Brian A. Moore and our staff can give you a professional oral exam and cleaning. Make sure that you let us know that you are preparing for chemotherapy so that we can give you special care. We may suggest various other options for your mouth, depending on its current state.
– Brush and Floss regularly: You may not be feeling up to it, but please do your best to brush twice a day and floss every night. These small efforts will go quite a ways toward helping your teeth to be strong and healthy.
– Eat Nutritious Food: Food rich in certain nutrients can boost your immune system. You’ll want to integrate healthy levels of fruits and vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein into your diet.
Want more advice on prepping your mouth for your cancer treatments? Don’t hesitate to ask us in Florence, Kentucky. Just call (859) 525-0507. We are here to support you.