Nov 14, 2013 - 2:41 pm
I saw an oral surgeon this week who mentioned info new to me. Thought I would share and also other input.
Dental decay post treatment is mentioned here so it is real and important we do what we can to minimize these issues. My impression to date is tooth decay, not jawbone issues, are caused by radiation treatment. He stated that tooth decay issues are caused by dry mouth, not radiation. Not enough saliva to kill the bacteria that causes cavities. He also mentioned the critical thing to watch is for any decay along the gum line as this is the clear symptom of this kind of tooth decay.
Here on the forums, I can not recollect much mention tying post tx dental issues to dry mouth nor reading the decay is found at the gumline. Sure would love to hear from those who have had dental issues. Don