Breast Cancer - Chemotherapy and Your Mouth
• Pain in the gums and mouth • Painful tongue that may peel and burn • Drying of the mouth due to less saliva • Dental infections • Change in tasteHow can your dentist help? It is advisable for any person undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer to see a dentist beforehand. This can help prevent dental problems to a large extent. Side effects often occur because the mouth, like any other part of the body, is more vulnerable to infection due to the weakness caused by chemotherapy. If dental health is improved before the procedure, the side effects can either be eliminated or the intensity can be reduced. This will help you avoid discomfort and stay on your treatment schedule. It is best to see your dentist at least one month before your chemotherapy treatment begins. If you didn’t see your dentist before treatment and are going through the side effects, then rush now. Your dentist will clean your teeth and gums and reduce your risk of infection. He will also show you the proper dental care method, so your mouth remains clean and free from diseases. Breast cancer treatment can be quite painful. Do not add to your woes by suffering from side effects that can be prevented. Visit a dentist to know more about how to take care of your mouth during chemotherapy.
Making A Difference Makes Us Smile! Come join us at the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure this Saturday! The Delta Dental Smile Cam will be there bright and early to capture you and your team supporting breast cancer awareness!