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THREE GOOD REASONS TO SEE A DENTIST BEFORE CANCER TREATMENT

Make sure you have a pretreatment dental checkup    Someone dies from oral cancer every hour in the U.S.

In the past 10 years there has been a considerable increase in the number of oral cancer patients under the age of 30 who have no identifiable risk factors of contracting he disease.

1.  Feel Better

     Your cancer treatment may be easier if you work with your dentist and dental staff.  Make sure you have a pretreatment dental checkup.

2.  Save teeth and bones

     A dentist will help protect you mouth, teeth and jaw bones from damage caused by radiation chemotherapy.  Children also need special protection for their growing teeth and facial bones.

3.  Fight cancer

     Doctors may have to delay or stop your cancer treatment because of problems in your mouth.   To fight cancer best, your cancer care team should include a dentist.

American Cancer Society recommends an yearly cancer related check-up 
for all people 40 years of age or older; and every 3 years for people
 between 20-39 years of age.
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Description of how to do an oral self-examination, including pictures: http://www.dent.ualberta.ca/hygiene/cover.html

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1 - Feel better

Your cancer treatment may be easier if you work with your dentist and hygienist. Make sure you have a pretreatment dental checkup.

2 - Save teeth and bones

A dentist will help protect your mouth, teeth, and jaw bones from damage caused by radiation and chemotherapy. Children also need special protection for their growing teeth and facial bones.

3 - Fight cancer

Doctors may have to delay or stop your cancer treatment because of problems in your mouth. To fight cancer best, your cancer care team should include a dentist.

 

Protect Your Mouth During Cancer Treatment

Brush gently, brush often

Toothpaste and brush
bulletBrush your teeth--and your tongue--gently with an extra-soft toothbrush.

 
bulletIf your mouth is very sore, soften the bristles in warm water.

 
bulletBrush after every meal and at bedtime

Floss gently--do it daily

Floss
bulletFloss once a day to remove plaque.

 
bulletIf your gums bleed and hurt, avoid the areas that are bleeding or sore, but keep flossing your other teeth.

Keep your mouth moist

Pitcher of water
bulletRinse often with water.

 
bulletDon’t use mouthwashes with alcohol in them.

 
bulletUse a saliva substitute to help moisten your mouth.

Eat and drink with care

Soft muffin
bulletChoose soft, easy-to-chew foods.

 
bulletProtect your mouth from spicy, sour, or crunchy foods.

 
bulletChoose lukewarm foods and drinks instead of hot or icy-cold.

 
bulletAvoid alcoholic drinks.

Keep trying (Quit using tobacco)

Avoid cigarettes
bulletAsk your cancer care team to help you stop smoking or chewing tobacco.

 
bulletPeople who quit smoking or chewing tobacco have fewer mouth problems.

When Should You Call Your Cancer Care Team About Mouth Problems?

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Take a moment each day to check how your mouth looks and feels.

Call your cancer care team when

* you first notice a mouth problem.

* an old problem gets worse.

* you notice any changes you’re not sure about.

Tips for Mouth Problems

* Sore Mouth, Sore Throat
To help keep your mouth clean, rinse often with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water. Follow with a plain water rinse. Ask your cancer care team about medicines that can help with the pain.

* Dry Mouth
Rinse your mouth often with water, use sugar-free gum or candy, and talk to your dentist about saliva substitutes.

* Infections
Call your cancer care team right away if you see a sore, swelling, bleeding, or a sticky, white film in your mouth.

* Eating Problems
Your cancer care team can help by giving you medicines to numb the pain from mouth sores and showing you how to choose foods that are easy to swallow.

* Bleeding
If your gums bleed or hurt, avoid flossing the areas that are bleeding or sore, but keep flossing other teeth. Soften the bristles of your toothbrush in warm water.

* Stiffness in Chewing Muscles
Three times a day, open and close your mouth as far as you can without pain. Repeat 20 times.

* Vomiting
Rinse your mouth after vomiting with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water.

* Cavities
Brush your teeth after meals and before bedtime. Your dentist might have you put fluoride on your teeth to help prevent cavities.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

For additional copies contact:
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse
1 NOHIC Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3500
(301) 402–7364   |   www.nidcr.nih.gov

NIH Publication No. 04-5494
Printed December 2003

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