Dental care when recieving chemotherapy

It is necessary that you understand the importance of good oral hygiene and preventive care before, during, and after chemotherapy.

The purpose of chemotherapy is to reduce the growth of tumor cells.  Unfortunately, tissues in the mouth are affected by chemotherapy and special care should be taken to help prevent infections in the mouth.

Ways of preventing these problems start with an examination by a dentist.  If any dental procedures are necessary before chemotherapy, they usually can be done while the bone can heal properly.

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Common Side Effects

Dry Mouth is very common after the first week of therapy and may persist as a permanent effect.  This depends on how and what type of drugs are given.  This will vary from patient to patient.
Mouth Ulcers are a common occurrence during chemotherapy.  Sometimes, these ulcers are preventable by simple oral hygiene care and a cautious diet.  These may occur on the lips, tongue, and roof of mouth and inside the check.
Swollen gums are another side effect that may occur if tartar has accumulated around and below the gum line of your teeth.
Dental Abscesses can occur if broken or impacted [...]

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Why Do You Need a Prosthodontist?

There are still many patients who question the need to see a prosthodontist.  Prosthodontics is one of the recognized special fields of dentistry that generally deals with missing or damaged teeth replacement.  Severe cases should only be handled by a prosthodontist so that you or your loved ones are offered the best treatment plan.

A prosthodontist can also help you learn more about the different treatment options available today and walk you through the pros and cons of each.  By becoming well educated about the expertise that a prosthodontist can offer, you avoid the confusion and possibly achieve the best course of action for your dental problems.   

Why a Prosthodontist

Some of the treatments that a prosthodontist may offer can be available through a general dentist.  However, here are some reasons why you should see a prosthodontist for your special dental needs

Benefit from Exclusive Expertise

The treatment plans or options available for severe cases of missing or broken teeth restoration can only be performed by a prosthodontist.  General dentists can only handle simple bridge or denture procedures.  Usually, a general dentist will refer you and team up [...]

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How do I take care of my dentures?

Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped. When you are not wearing them, store your dentures away from children and pets. Just like natural teeth – dentures must be brushed daily to remove the deposits and plaque. This will prevent the denture from becoming permanently stained and it also helps your mouth stay healthy. You can buy a denture brush or a regular toothbrush to clean your denture — avoid hard bristled brushes though. You may use a recommended denture cleanser or a mild dishwashing liquid. On denture cleansers — look for the ADA seal of acceptance. It is best not to let the denture dry out completely. When not worn, it is best to keep them in a denture cleanser or in water.

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Understanding the Complete Denture

When a person decides to have a denture made, it is very important to understand the process and the limitations of the treatment. It is not rational to imagine that a denture prosthesis can replace real teeth. It cannot. Here are some of the pointers to what you should understand.

I understand that dentures are not a replacement for teeth.  Dentures are a replacement for no teeth.

I understand that dental implant supported dentures are a better treatment alternative.

As a first-time denture wearer, I understand that a denture is an addition to the mouth.  It will take time to accept the denture flanges and extension across palate.

I understand that different people adapt at different rates.  It may be months before the dentures feel natural.

I understand that all denture patients will have an adjustment period in order to learn to speak naturally with their new prosthesis. Words are formed by the tongue adapting itself in different positions relative to the teeth and palate.  A new denture will change the shapes in your mouth.  Most patients adapt, if they stick with it.

I understand that with dentures, my new teeth will no longer be held in by [...]

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Benefits of Implants for Denture Wearers

Living with missing teeth and detachable dentures is not easy.  There are common recorded problems associated with wearing dentures such as poor fit and reduced ability to chew.  These problems can drastically change a denture wearer’s quality of life.  Diet is limited to soft chew foods and social life is diminished due to fear of embarrassing denture flop out episodes.

Today, a denture wearer has the option of replacing dentures with dental implants which can generally improve the overall quality of life of the patient.  Dental implants can provide the following benefits.

Benefit#1 – Permanent and Stable Dentures

Usually, there are two minimum dental implants needed to support the denture or bridge.  These implants are made of sturdy material such as titanium that bond with the patient’s bones.  This would mean that there will be no possibility of the denture or bridge from flopping out while you speak, laugh or eat.

Benefit#2 – Improved Capability to Chew and Taste

Since dental implants gives the denture or bridge more stability, this means that a patient can now include firm or more solid foods into the diet.  It is a common problem for denture wearers [...]

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Dealing with Bad Breath

Bad breath or halitosis is a dental condition that afflicts millions across the globe.  In America alone, an estimated 65% of the population has bad breath.  This embarrassing condition can affect people of all ages and can greatly influence social interaction and self-confidence.

There are many known causes of bad breath.  However, 85% of individuals with this condition are afflicted with dental problems that are said to cause it.  Gingivitis and dry mouth are among these, and you can find helpful information about these on the other pages of this site.  These pages contain helpful discussions on the causes, nature and possible treatment plans available today.

Individuals with bad breath do not have to resign to living with it all their life.  There are effective cures, yet the treatment process starts with a thorough medical and dental examination, and diagnosis.

Diagnosis

There are individuals who are not aware they have bad breath.  A person’s nose can get used to the foul smell that it could take another individual to notice.  If you become aware of people stepping back or recoiling once you start to open your mouth, this could be a sign that you need to immediately take a self-exam or [...]

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Pregnancy and Your Teeth

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is truly a delicate time for expectant women because of the drastic hormonal changes that affect practically every aspect of their bodies, including their oral health. During pregnancy, the risks of gum disease increases, which also puts the baby’s health at risk. This is why taking good care of teeth as well as gums is very important for pregnant women.

If you are still at the stage of planning to have a baby, do your best to have a dental checkup prior to your pregnancy to ensure that you receive professional teeth cleaning before getting pregnant. At the same time, the dentist will be able to examine your gum tissue and detect if there are any dental health problems that need to be treated.

For women who are already pregnant, eating right during pregnancy will not only benefit your baby but also your teeth. It is common to have cravings for sweets during pregnancy but avoiding sugary foods and keeping your snacking to a minimum is essential to prevent tooth decay. Be aware that the bacteria that forms tooth decay [...]

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