I have had a long year and a half of cancer treatments. My teeth are an absolute wreck as a result. I have several teeth needing crowns and two that are so bad they need to come out. I did brush during my treatments. Though, I threw up a lot so that might be why my teeth are so bad. I heard that vomiting can cause problems for teeth. My problem now is what to do about it. I’m on a break from treatments but need to replace these teeth and I’d like to see if I can prevent this from happening further. Do you have any advice for someone in my position?
I am so sorry for what you are going through at the moment. I know cancer survivors and they are a tough group of people. The treatments are as hard on your body as the disease itself. Don’t be too hard on yourself about your teeth. If you underwent any radiation, that is likely a strong culprit in the deterioration of your teeth.
First, let’s talk about replacing the teeth you lost and then we can give you some ideas about how to prevent this during the next round of treatments. The best tooth replacement is a dental implant. It will be the closest thing to having a healthy, natural tooth in your mouth again. I would actually wait until your treatments are done because it requires a prosthetic tooth root to be surgically implanted. You want to wait until you are feeling your best for that. In the meantime, I’d get a dental flipper. It will give you a temporary tooth replacement until you are ready for the implant itself.
Caring for Your Teeth During Cancer Treatment
One thing I would recommend is that you ask your dentist for a Fluoride prescription. This will help you keep your teeth as healthy as possible during treatment. A second thing to do is deal with any vomiting situation immediately. It is the acid from the situation that eats away at your teeth. The best thing for you to do is rinse out your mouth immediately after in order to neutralize any acid.
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