In my 33 years, I’ve never had a single cavity and always practiced excellent dental hygiene, yet I still experienced extreme teeth sensitivity post-chemo—so bad that I thought there must have been a cracked tooth in my mouth—and I came out … H��Wkk\7�+��.�V�� j;mSj��B)i(�։��ǁ���̌t�nHC����s�4��s4������ͫ���. * Dry mouth. They think it was an infected lymph node 6 months after my hysterectomy. This means the body is less able to eliminate off infections from bacteria, fungus and infections. Chemotherapy and teeth breaking. Bn �W�εX 8�� ��9� _z�H)s�H����k:�1�� {�1��*MF��{��aDO��__ L��9 In fact, Jo Ann, since the two missing molars are not a cosmetic problem, am even wondering if it's safe to go another year or more without replacing them. Being post menopausal, then having BSO along with hysterectomy, and finally being on Arimidex makes me highly suspicious. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy damage healthy cells as well, which can leave your teeth vulnerable to infection. I was told by my oncologist (after the fact) that indeed, chemo does ruin your teeth. ....because I have titanium hardware in a leg that I broke 15 years ago! Best toothpaste for chemo patients? g�~��~��T�Ma췮r1/\vG����/�-��a�ϧ∳�;����L+�5�G�$YF!�͒ʍ���3�œ�OI��ra��Dk�ň���g�l̖��=��aTVW@�ۨ_\�%��L���b��0>w�g�� ����8��a��r��u:�i�1H��O�'`k���1������ud&��_�j��,�ʡ޺9�������v�l}����W%���������e��`��z��;��-���@V Individuals on chemotherapy are typically offered antibiotics to avoid infections of … Your diet, genetics, bone development and habits all affect the condition of your teeth. I really need one more on the other side, but after researching I'm not having it done. I just can't get a break. Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. Chemotherapy and teeth discoloration. Hope you are having a good day today. I sat on the bed with a plastic bag and pulled the hair out. I am thinking of checking out permanent eye make up, but have not done it yet. Really can see why bridges aren't the greatest as well. They are wonderful and oh so expensive (tune of $2200, plus crown at $800). With a weakened immune system, even the great bacteria in the mouth can cause infection. Hope the same for you. I finished my chemo in 2008 and slowly my teeth have been getting worse. So I can't help wondering if it's mere lore that root canals can "poison" the body, leading to much inflammation. oh well it could be the region and the weather. No recognition that so many of us, it seems have lost teeth as a result of chemo and/or radiation given during tests and work to help overcome cancer - treatments that have such long-term effects that no insurance plan or government assistance is available. Honestly, they are my favorites, even if Laurie and I are friends. Ro, thank you for understanding I wish you were here to talk to, I feel so isolated, my white count is down, so I'm afraid of going in public of getting sick. The onset of side effects like oral mucoscitis can happen within weeks of the start of chemotherapy. Thank you. Some things that reduce the strength of a tooth include: Tooth decay and cavities eat away at enamel. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause changes in the lining of the mouth and the salivary glands, which make saliva. This is about when mine came out. Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth During Cancer Treatment More than one-third of all cancer patients develop complications that affect the mouth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. I've changed my tune. Sorry about your dental problems. Two of those molars had had root canals, I'm nearly certain. Hope you have a good day soon......then unfortunately it is time for another chemo! Glad you have something to help it. Very emotional.. Imackie48, So for me, I guess I just have bad teeth. Dental treatment during chemotherapy? I just don't want to spend the bucks on an implant. In the end, we must be our own advocates as can't rely and trust what many docs tell us. It would be interesting to know how many of us who were diagnosed with uterine cancers have had root canal work--and how many of them. I did have an abdominal abscess though while on chemo. I don't have the BEST teeth but I have not had ANY issues regarding my teeth since I completed treatment in Dec. 2008. Much more energy nearly within a day. Percent wouldn't even take the pain away. ���;_7��B�0�c� ��| &p �����:�` 9|�6��-TPC����G�e��ȡW��V}{�C�9��Y"����ʻ�!�%ɐ)�h����m����$/ He said it basically makes them rot from the inside out. endstream endobj 716 0 obj <>stream Man, my head was white! As you probably know, there's lots of speculation in alternative medicine on the potentially harmful impact they have on us systemically, causing inflammation and slow release of toxins in our bodies. The content on this site is for informational purposes only. I've had 3 extracted and need another 5 or 6 removed. I kept saying my face hurt and I felt a lump on the roof of my mouth. Trish, I cannot force myself to shave my head, let it fall,out by itself, I did cut it to about 1/2 inch. ,,,uses a lot of alternative and complimentary therapies and he snorted with derision when I asked him this root canal question, about them poisoning us. Thus, one must be extra careful and must do everything it takes to avoid the occurrence of teeth breaking and chipping. (Am lucky to have great med insurance, but dental is mediocre at best.). If you are having head and neck radiation though, it can cause variations in the saliva or salivary glands and cause the dry mouth, etc., which can cause decay. After that, an impression is done and a "false" tooth is made, and it is then attached to the screwed-in device. Then he said something I will not repeat here about fanatics. No, I don't work at Penn; am just being treated there. I new I was dragging for a reason. Side effects include problems with your teeth and gums; the soft, moist lining of your mouth; and the glands that make saliva (spit). Apparently the stems they use to drill in our bones are "titanium" which has been found to leak into our internal system and causing other health issues. Fortunately, with good care, you and your doctor can lower the risk I’ve had about 4 of my teeth break off. It's me and the computer and TV. "��� b!�x"� �$ �$����K�y@�3HT�3012���g`$�����@� %_< Checking the mouth often helps early detection, while keeping the mouth moist and avoiding certain foods can help relieve symptoms. Very useful information. I've really bonded with my board friends. I still have about 4 teeth that have root canals. B�$�t�2-��i�ͪ���-�P*� Oral complications caused by chemotherapy include ... fractured teeth, loose crowns or fillings, or gum disease. The lesion will first appear as a red sore, then the body's epithelial cells start to … Docs are suggesting to have that tooth pulled vs. root canal procedure and then get a bridge if in middle of teeth lineup. When I went back to work, the group I work with had cut their hair too. When I was first diagnosed, 11 months ago, I didn't know if I'd be alive a year later. Chipped and breaking teeth are uncomfortable, unsettling and unsightly. Brittle teeth can be caused by many different conditions or habits. I will soon lose mine for the fourth time. J �B� ��� ���k�uVx� �&�Q� �PGU eI�4)V�0 �^) ��Ys����P�-J�s My second favorite was BeauBeaus. Teeth can also break due to grinding and clenching habits that may cause enamel to be worn away or fracture off. Irene. Brittle and fragile teeth can affect anybody at any age. In peace and caring. Ask your dentist to show you the best ways to brush and floss your teeth during chemotherapy. Failure of the dental lamina or tooth bud formation causes abnormal development. This damage can result in sores and infections that can likewise impact the health of the teeth. Salivary glands make saliva. I have also had molars pulled. Mouth tissue is especially susceptible, and many cancer patients develop problems with their teeth… Not about to get that stuff taken out. Chemo has not made them any worse. In our local news last summer a school teacher's teeth were destroyed by chemo for breast cancer. Permanent teeth may be slow to come in … Will the zoom treatment help, I am concerned that any whitening treatment will make my teeth more sensitive. They may also put you on an antibiotic too to prevent any infection. So today I'm missing a tooth on one side, but luckily in back where can't be seen. P.S. Many of my friends said they did the same? I wore them all through chemo and still wear them. Tooth infection during chemotherapy. I also wonder if another contributing factor for me is lack of estrogen and its effect on bone density. I do know I felt remarkably better when I had two teeth with prior root canals pulled. Sending (((HUGS)))) your way. The dentist said the best bet for me is to have all teeth removed and get dentures. . The things we do to stay healthy and then realize after much research, it's unhealthy....gee!! We can all relate. trish. * Burning, peeling, or swelling tongue. Long-term effects of chemo on teeth. Oral chemotherapy (chemo) is medicine used to shrink a tumor or kill cancer cells. Never ends does it??? Your doctor may need to cut back on your cancer treatment or may even stop it. They have never grown back since losing my hair the first time. This summary is about oral complications caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. I kept up with regular checkups and cleanings and had no unusual problems. These mild to severe side effects can include mouth sores, infection, dry mouth, sensitive gums and jaw pain. * Change in taste. I was not on chemo at the time though. Holistic dentist? ago, chemo didn't help, put me on strong antibiotic and going to call my oncologist, says it needs to be pulled. Delayed Growth. Rosey, don't you work at Penn? With the root canals what I've found, they can leave some of the root without knowing it, which possibly cause infection and other issues. Invasive high dose chemotherapy may cause teeth agenesis. The bridge that went bad with the tooth I mentioned, I decided to do 2 implants. Any one else have teeth problems? I stuck with every 6 month dental checkup the whole time in treatments and nothing new was found. Chemotherapy drugs are one of the most common treatments for many different types of cancer. These spots may then progress to black. Tracking down the particular factors in your own case can help point the way toward treatments that can help. I do not do well with pain anymore. Oral chemo is usually taken at home as a pill or liquid. So while I was there, I did ask him if chemo has any effect on the teeth and 2) what about long-term effects of radiation. Come to find out one of my teeth in the back bottom had just broke. Hugs to you, Irene. I just went bald. Chemotherapy. my teeth are chipping off and oncologist said its from chemo and radiation. Your mouth has to stay moist to help eliminate the cavity causing germs. I can understand that as a lot of ladies cannot. 2. Had my root canal pulled yesterday, it didn't go easy, theI tooth broke into pieces and had to have stitches. When hit with diagnosis, continuing dental work was put on the back burner. I had a bridge done some 15 years ago and the one tooth in front that they filed down got bad and had it removed as well. Some treatment options may include fluoride treatments to prevent cavities, filling existing cavities, treating gum disease, removing infected teeth or restoring crowns or bridge work to ensure you will be able to chew your food. Copyright 2000-2019 © Cancer Survivors Network. When I asked my dentist about the fillings and what's in them, he tells me about the dental association and how all the ingredients are okay for us...no real findings with health issues. endstream endobj 711 0 obj <>/Metadata 102 0 R/OpenAction 712 0 R/Outlines 155 0 R/PageLabels 701 0 R/Pages 705 0 R/StructTreeRoot 180 0 R/Type/Catalog/ViewerPreferences<>>> endobj 712 0 obj <> endobj 713 0 obj <>/ExtGState<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/Tabs/S/TrimBox[0.0 0.0 288.0 648.0]/Type/Page>> endobj 714 0 obj <>stream Got a lot of looks, but mainly from kids. Again, so comfortable and pretty. Pain. It doesn't show, it's a little awkward, tho. Many medical conditions can lead to brittle teeth. You may have certain side effects in your mouth from chemotherapy. When it started coming out by the handful, I had my own party by myself. I eventually lathered and shaved all my head to remove all the hair. I too started having problems with my teeth, which were well kept up, my gums hurt so bad had to take a viciden, throbbing so bad. Come to think about it, it was about 3 or 4 years later that I was diagnosed with cancer. The Effects of Chemotherapy on Teeth Tooth Decay. Very interesting. I've made it through chemo.....now have bleeding gums.....terified of dentists (makes no sense after what I've just gone through)......just dont want more pain to deal with.....constant pain already.....and add teeth/mouth issues???? Use a soft toothbrush and a gentle touch. I used to cry every time a tooth broke, now it's old hat. Wonder how safe it is in the end.). 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