Jan 26, 2010 - 8:22 pm
When I was undergoing treatment for Stage III tonsil SCC at Johns Hopkins (Cisplatin, rads and surgery) I had a dentist, a specialist in this field, assigned to my case.
Among the things he told me was to instruct my local dentist and dental hygienist to always remove the plaque from my teeth manually (manual scaling, they call it) -- and not to use a Cavitron to remove plaque. The Cavitron is a machine that removes plaque by ultrasound.
Now, more than a year out, I notice that my teeth are getting stained. I had my teeth cleaned today, as I do every four months, and the hygienist wanted to know why my chart said I couldn't have my teeth cleaned with the Cavitron. I told her that my dentist at Hopkins was emphatic that it not be used, so she did the scaling manually.
My question: Have any of you had similar instructions? The hygienist wondered if the no-Cavitron instruction was a lifelong thing or only applied during my treatment. I told her I had no clue, but to do the manual scaling just to be safe.
-- Jim in Delaware