30 Oct Breast Cancer and Dental Care
Breast Cancer and Dental Care
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and today we’re focusing on dental care during breast cancer treatment. Dental care is often the least of your concerns when you’re battling cancer and we’re willing to work harder so your oral health is one less thing you have to worry about.
To make your dental care easier, we’ll follow up with you more frequently, offer increased flexibility and shorter visits to work around your already hectic schedule. Your visit to the dentist does not have to be one more doctor’s appointment for you to keep. With perks such as complimentary nitrous oxide during cleanings, ultrasonic treatments for tense muscles, and hot towels your dental appointment can add a bit a luxury to your day.
While common treatments like radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery can be quite effective in treating breast cancer in early stages they can also wreak havoc on the patient’s oral health if left unchecked. Patients undergoing these treatments are at an increased risk for conditions such as:
- dry mouth
- dental caries
- bacterial, fungal or viral infections
- bone loss
- periodontal conditions
How Your Dental Health Care Team Can Help
Some pre-existing dental conditions could worsen or lead to the development of other oral health issues during breast cancer treatment if they go unaddressed before beginning cancer therapy. In order to maintain optimal oral health and to monitor any conditions that arise from breast cancer therapies, patients should visit their dentist for an examination before, during, and after treatment.
For those who are about to begin treatments, we can take preventative steps to reduce your risk of developing dental issues such as fluoride treatments, treating dental caries or infections and recommending an at-home regimen to follow during treatment. If you’re experiencing conditions such as dry mouth, we’ll be glad to share trial packs of Biotene products or sugar-free candies to reduce medical treatment costs.
Let the staff at Renew Dental take care of your oral health needs and have one less thing to worry about during a difficult time. Contact us to schedule your checkup today.