Thirsty Thursday

added on: August 2, 2017

Once a year in August, our office holds a “Thirsty Thursday” to help benefit children with cancer. This year it will be held on August 10, 2017.  Look for out road side tent in the parking lot of our dental office at 221 W Penn Ave, Cleona PA. Come and visit for a cold lemonade! Donations benefit Alex’s lemonade stand. Click the link below to learn more about Alex’s lemonade stand!

How does cancer affect the mouth?

Cancer and treatment can weaken the immune system. It is wise to see a dentist prior to treatment to get the mouth healthy. The following mild to severe effects can be slowed or eliminated when the mouth is in the best health:

  • Mouth Sores
  • Infection
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sensitive Gums
  • Jaw pain

Radiation therapy can affect the saliva glands and cause dry mouth, which can increase the risk of tooth decay. It’s great to seek care before, during and after treatment to keep the teeth in the best possible state of health. Prior to cancer treatment, see a dentist, brush twice a day and floss daily, avoid tobacco products, eat whole foods and rinse your mouth often with alcohol free rinses. During your treatment, inform your dentist/hygienist of your cancer and current treatment.  A patient with a port may also take blood thinning medication.  This can increase the chance of infection and bleeding during some dental procedures.  Seek advice on individual issues that may arise during treatment to make sure the oral cavity stays healthy.  When treatment is completed, continue with a good home care routine, see your dentist, eat healthy and avoid any tobacco products.  You want to continue to care for yourself as you immune system rebuilds itself.

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