Health Tip: Get Your Mouth Healthy Before Cancer Treatment
Here's what you can do
(HealthDay News) -- You have many things on your mind before you start cancer treatment, but a visit to your dentist should be on your to-do list.
The American Dental Association recommends:
Talk to your dentist about things that can help prevent dental complications from cancer treatment. Potential examples include fluoride treatment, replacing crowns or bridges, or treating existing gum disease.
Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soak it in warm water before brushing to soften bristles even more.
Floss between teeth daily. Use caution where gums are sensitive or bleeding.
Stop using tobacco, which can slow healing.
Eat a balanced, nutritious diet.
Rinse your mouth regularly to help prevent tooth decay. Skip alcohol-based rinses in favor of a salt-water rinse or a solution with baking soda.
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