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IowaBo
Posts: 32
Joined: Feb 2010

Hi, I have Papillary Thyroid cancer and have had a couple of surgeries and the RAI. I went for my routine cleaning yesterday and my gums were inflamed and more plaque than usual. I was told that if a persons saliva glands are affected from the radiation than you should be using a prescription strength fluoride tooth paste. The saliva helps neutralize the acid and if you have a dry mouth from the saliva glands being damaged the bacteria could attack your teeth. Just wanted to let you all know so you can see or talk to your dentist. I hadn't received any of this information.

weberdns
Posts: 156
Joined: Mar 2010

I am seeing my dentist for a cleaning on the 30's and radiation a few weeks later!

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Phyllis900
Posts: 21
Joined: May 2009

i have been seeing my dentist frequently these few months because of a crack tooth. the dentist says that all of my tooth is soft. maybe is because of the RAI treatment thats been going on ( had 2 RAI in a year). i don't think my dentist has any knowledge about thyroid cancer nor RAI. i asked him about the dry mouth and the extra plaque and the tooth paste, but he has no idea at all.

ibeatcanser
Posts: 47
Joined: Aug 2009

thank you for the information. I did notice that my teeth were a bit more discolored, but I just thought it was because I'm drinking more tea now.
After the RAI, my tongue was purple and I joked that I was a pure-bred chow chow.

Thank you again.

jaslas101
Posts: 1
Joined: Mar 2010

Please make sure you research this information yourself first, before making any hasty changes. I suggest you look up information on Vitamin D (www.vitamindcouncil.org) and research floride information. I have Crohn's disease and have some of the same health issues associated with it.

ibeatcanser
Posts: 47
Joined: Aug 2009

thank you, I definitely will. I was going to consult with the nuclear meds dept also.

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gmthul
Posts: 19
Joined: Sep 2008

My dentist gave me some fake spit spray and mouthwash designed to prevent and treat the dry mouth associated with RAI and the decay that can cause. It is called Biotene and is available nationwide at Walmart, etc.

weberdns
Posts: 156
Joined: Mar 2010

the mouthwash, and the toothpaste!

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