May 09, 2013 - 12:59 pm
I've been following Sheilarhc's post on dental implants. I know prior to treatment I had to be cleared by my dentist. I had one tooth removed and a cavity filled as well as a thorough cleaning. My dentist recommended using a childrens fluoride rinse (Listerine) as opposed to trays. I rinse with it twice a day (am & pm). It has a pleasent taste and no burn. I found it difficult to maintain a normal schedule of brushing and rinsing due to the side effects but I managed to at least brush a minimum of once a day and rinse. While I don't have perfectly healthy teeth, my dentist said that mine were in pretty good shape and should fair well. The only side effect I feel is a sensitivity to cold liquids.
Reading through this and other H&N cancer forums I've noticed that dental issues are prevelent for many. It also seems to be more prevelent for those that had radiation more than 5 years ago. In other words, it appears that those that received external beam therapy as opposed to IMRT have more dental issues. I may be fortunate and not experience any issues but it seems most everyone does to some extent.
Thus my questions....
For those experiencing dental issues, what type of radiation therapy did you receive? How many treatments did you have? How were your teeth prior? Did you use fluoride treatments/trays/rinse? How long was it until you started noticing issues?
I want to get an idea of what I should be looking out for in the future.
Positive thoughts and prayers,