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laurissa
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I've had a bad toothache and seeing the dentist tomorrow. Its miserable. Anyone else have more tooth issues during chemo? Haven't been on board much, not feeling well because of tooth.

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natly15
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Hi Laurissa, I miss your posts. Happy to see you are online but sorry you are having tooth pain. Hope you get the toothache taken care of. I think that as long as your blood counts are ok, the dentist can go ahead and take care of the problem. Why dont you let your oncologist know about this as well. I had my teeth cleaned and examined before I started chemo, at the suggestion of my dentist. You dont need infection in your body while going thru chemo. Please let me know how it turns out for you.:)

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chickad52
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Best of Luck at the dentist tomorrow. A toothache can be so miserable!! Hugs, Diane

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MyTurnNow
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Yes, I had some tooth issues during chemo. It is important to let your onc know. I was only able to get my problem taken care of the week before chemo. My counts had to be good. It's also very important that you are meticulous with your oral hygiene during chemo. I'm not suggesting that you're not but chemo does cause havoc in our mouths. If the bacteria is not kept at bay, problems arise. I hope you get your tooth taken care of with no problems.

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creampuff91344
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laurissa, I also had problems with my teeth which began about midway through chemo. I mentioned this to my oncologist, and he really didn't have any suggestions as to what to do. Like others, I was told not to have any extensive dental work done during chemo, so the day following my last treatment, I was in the dentists office having my teeth cleaned. Several months, and many dollars later, I had three crowns replaced, peridontal work done on my gums, and even bonding between the teeth to try to relieve the pain. It turns out that the culprit was a nausea medication I was prescribed during chemo. The drug was Reglan. Please make sure you are not taking Reglan in any form (it comes in an IV drip pre-chemo to help with nausea, and also by tablet form). This drug has been related to a neurological disease called Tardive Dyskinesia, and one of the symptoms is involuntary tongue movement and oral issues. Just a warning in case you have been prescribed this drug....it can cause some really bad side effects that are permanent. Caught soon enough, you have a chance of the issues going away. Sorry to put such a bummer on this, but better safe than sorry. Hope you get better soon. Hugs. Judy

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ppurdin
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Since me and you have alot of the same things happen.Of course I have like you.Not hurting but I felt something in my mouth and got to looking and a piece of filling just fell out.I wasn,t even eating at the time it happen.It doesn,t hurt but I can feel where it used to be.

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tasha_111
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Yep, I got it, all my teeth fell loose. They straightened up after treatment
Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxx

cindyc59
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I have a filling that fell out a crown that fell out and a chipped tooth right now. I am done with chemo just going for radiation treatments. Like we need another doctor to see right now!

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dyaneb123
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My gums have been sore, I use the Biotene (or whatever it's called , chemo moment!) and it really does help with mouth problems.

cindyc59
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Joined: Oct 2009

Capasol worked great for eliminating mouth sores. The biotene was pretty good too. I used both.

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Tux
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Tooth problems for me during treatment--gangrene in a tooth--missed more work with the tooth than I did for the cancer! What a nightmare!

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natly15
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Are capasol or biotene over the counter meds or do you need a prescription?

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Cat64
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I got Biotene at Walmart. Never heard of the other.
Cat

cindyc59
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Capasol is prescription and biotene is over the counter. they sell it at Harmons and walmart.

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Ritzy
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I didn't have chemo, but, while I was having rads, my rads oncologist did not want me to have any dental work done. But, if I absolutely had to, he said to tell my dentist that I was being zapped and to make sure he gave me some kind of antibiotics. I never realized it, but, your mouth can send an infection thru-out your whole body. YIKES!

Sue :)

cindyc59
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wow i didn't know that. Im getting radiation now and filling and crown fell out. Was just gonna go to the dentist. I'll have to ask tomorrow about the antibiotics. Thanks for that info!

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DebbyM
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From my first meeting with my radiation oncologist, he didn't want me to have dental work done unless it was an emergency. And, if I did have to, to get some antiobiotics. I didn't need anything done thank goodness. Hope you can get some help.

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laurissa
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I had my tooth pulled today. After 10 shots to get it numb and 2 hours of drilling and pulling, I'm pain free. Or it might be the vicodin I'm on. My onco said it was ok to have it pulled before next week-chemo week. It was very painful and would not get numb. I guess my nerves were hiding from the anesthesia til the bitter end. But, I'm fine now.

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Cat64
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Glad you were able to get it pulled and made it through ok!
Hugz,
Cathy

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Ritzy
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Glad you feel better after getting your tooth pulled Laurissa.

Sue :)

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MORSIE
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I am a dental hygienist and I HIGHLY reccommend Biotene products to all my cancer patients. It helps with dry mouth from medications also. I also agree it is very important to keep your mouth very clean while going thru chemo or radiation tx. ~LM

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