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Brushing is the most effective way in order to remove plaque from both the teeth and gums. Getting this off quickly helps to prevent bacteria from turning into acids that lead to cavities. A good oral hygiene routine helps keep your teeth looking their best for a lifetime. Dr. Reina Garcia in Sudbury, MA, can offer helpful brushing and flossing tips to her patients.
About Good Oral Hygiene
Most dentists suggest brushing two to three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a circular brushing motion with the brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush the tongue too in order to remove harmful germs or bacteria that can stay trapped in the mouth. Replace the toothbrush every few months. Our family dentist in Sudbury can demonstrate to her patients the best way to brush.
With flossing, once daily is recommended. Flossing helps to remove bacteria and other things from places that the toothbrush can’t reach in the mouth. This is considered the best preventative technique against plaque. This helps prevent gum disease, cavities and other dental problems. It also improves blood circulation to the gums. Use the loop or spool method that can be learned at a visit with Dr. Garcia. Never snap the floss as that can damage the gums causing them to be tender and/or bleed.
Dr. Garcia, a family dentist in Sudbury, MA, can teach her patients the proper way to take care of their teeth and gums regularly. After a thorough dental examination and cleaning, she can learn of any dental issues that must be remedied in the mouth too. Preventative exams and cleanings, once every six months, helps reduce the chance of future dental problems. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia today, call our office at (978) 448-5500 today.
You're probably aware of some of the adverse side effects of treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, one of these side effects is the health of your mouth. In fact, more than one third of people treated for cancer develop oral side effects.
Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, attack cancer cells, but normal cells are also affected. Chemotherapy can affect the lining tissues of the mouth and the salivary glands, and radiation treatment can affect all tissues in its path, which will put you at higher risk for dental diseases, such as tooth decay and gum disease. You may also develop painful mouth sores as well as dry mouth.
The best approach to take when it comes to protecting yourself from these potential side effects is prevention. Here are a few steps you can take to defend yourself:
- Get a Comprehensive Dental Examination. While in the planning stages for your cancer treatment, you should schedule an appointment with our office for a complete dental exam. We will ensure that you oral health is optimal before you undergo treatment. We will also provide detailed instructions on how to care for your teeth during treatment and how to recognize the problem signs. Some solutions we may recommend are a fluoride treatment or antibacterial rinse.
- Keep up with your Oral Hygiene Routine. While cancer treatment may cause you to feel fatigued, it will be more important than ever for you to take good care of your teeth. Remember to brush twice daily with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss once a day to clean between your teeth.
- Keep your Mouth Moist. Dry mouth is a common side effect of radiation and chemotherapy, and along with dry mouth comes a higher risk for tooth decay. We may recommend salivary stimulating medications to fight against this condition. You should also avoid mouth rinses with alcohol, which tend to further dry out your mouth. Make sure to drink plenty of water and consider chewing gum with xylitol, which promotes salivation and actively prevents tooth decay.
- Remain Alert. Throughout treatment, you should continue to look for signs of oral discomfort in the teeth, jaws and lining of your mouth. Notify both your oncologist and our office if you experience any side effects involving your mouth.
If you would like more information about oral health and cancer treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Health During Cancer Treatment.”