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Problems with teeth after chemo

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Nerina
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Has anyone had problems with their teeth after chemo? I had my 1st lot of chemo in 1996 and noticed alot more decay etc. I've had pretty good teeth till then and now have a full top plate and partial bottom..so to be full plate ...which I hate.
Thanks
Nerina

Oneshot
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Joined: Jul 2009

You seemed to have been able to hold out longer than I did. A year after my last chemo (2008). I had them all pulled out and went the denture route. My teeth turned various different shades of colors, chip, crack and what dental work I had done some years before just came off. I couldn't prove positively and the doctors wouldn't say it was the chemo that caused it. It was very embarrassing. The dentist(s) all wanted to do root canals on most every tooth in my mouth or implants. I just said "Yank them all out!"

osteo_survivor
Posts: 5
Joined: Mar 2012

Hi Nerina,
I had perfect teeth before chemo, and now I can't get out of the dentists office without them (and I've worked VERY hard to find a dentist that won't try to do work before it is too late) needing to do at least one or two teeth :(. I am only 30, and it is terrifying for me to think of life in another 5 to ten years. I worry I won't have any more tooth left to drill. I have found changing my diet helps, and there is a new product MI paste that i sleep with in a detail tray--these things have really helped to fend off extra dental work.

Good luck!
Maggie

nowrest
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Joined: May 2011

I have had 27 Chemo treatments and during that period my teeth deteriorated badly. After discussion with Onc and dentist we came to the conclusion it was the Predizone I was taking also. We cut the Predizone in half and hope it will do some good. The dentist also gave me a toothpaste called Clinpro 5000 which is high in Floride. Maybe these actions will stop some of the problems. Can't afford to have all new dentures.

shawnmcc
Posts: 21
Joined: Nov 2011

I have had some problems with teeth too related to chemo. But I think I never lost my baby teeth or it is just cancer growing under were the old ones were I just dont know. But a sharp thing that feels like a tooth is growing were the gum is.

Bennette
Posts: 65
Joined: Mar 2012

shawnmcc,

This could be a tooth or bone fragment. It is very common for a piece of the tooth or the bone where the tooth was attached to remain after extractions and then, even years later, work its way out through the gums. See a dentist, they can take an x-ray, to see what it is and then can remove it for your or let you know if it is ok to let it work its own way out. Most dentists would have told you previously if you still had unerupted teeth present in your previous dental x-rays, so it is likely not a new tooth, but a piece of one or a piece of bone. You should get it checked out.
Bennette

shawnmcc
Posts: 21
Joined: Nov 2011

I have another set of wisdom teeth like the last time this happened. I lost my wisdom teeth before they fell out on there own. Then the next set was extracted then this set well I don’t know what I am going to do.

Bennette
Posts: 65
Joined: Mar 2012

Hello all, my husband is a dentist and I have worked in the dental field as an assistant and office manager for over 20 years. Since most patients going through chemo are also on medications it is hard to say the exact cause of the problems and may in some cases be a combination. But, the one that is certain if anything you are doing or receiving is causing your mouth to be dry, your decay rate will sky rocket. For this problem there are things you can take or do to improve the dry mouth and lessen decay. There are way more options today with pastes, rinses and different types of floride for trays, etc. That can help to eliviate dry mouth and strenghten the enamel in your teeth. Another factor that has been increasing decay problems for a lot of people is that everyone is drinking bottled water instead of tap - tap water in many areas has had fluoride added to it, bottled water doesn't! Be persistant with your dentist, give him as much information as you can about changes in your mouth, diet, and treatments - he/she should be able to find something that will help you, if not, get another opinion. Things are constently changing and not all dentists keep up on everything, so if you are not finding help, try another office!

Hope this helps!
Bennette

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