Were you just diagnosed with cancer? Then you are in for some serious opposition. If you are resolute in your determination to beat your condition, you’ll want to be aware of all of the facts, including how cancer affects your mouth and what you can do to make sure it’s healthy. Our team here at Morrison Dental Group in Newport News, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA, takes your oral health seriously, which is why we are happy to give you tips for your oral health during chemotherapy.
While chemotherapy can be very effective, did you know that it weakens your immune system? This can affect your whole body – including your mouth, making it more vulnerable to infection. Radiation can also hurt your salivary glands, leading to a severe case of dry mouth. Dry mouth, in turn, will increase your chance of cavities and infection.
You don’t need any extra problems to deal with during chemotherapy, so here’s what you can do to prevent these issues:
-Visit Morrison Dental Group: Schedule your semiannual professional oral exam and cleaning with your dentist before your cancer treatments begin. Be sure to inform us that you are preparing for chemotherapy so that we can give you special care, and leave plenty of time before your cancer treatments for us to take care of any issues with your mouth.
-Brush and Floss regularly: You may feel sick, but please do your best to brush twice a day and floss every night. These two small habits will go a long way toward helping your teeth be strong and healthy.
-Eat Nutritious Food: Food rich in certain nutrients can improve your immune system. That’s why you’ll want to include lots of fruits and vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein in your diet.
Do you need more advice on preparing your mouth for chemotherapy? Don’t hesitate to ask us in Newport News, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA. Just call 757-874-5511. We are here to support you.