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Guidelines to Observe after Cancer Treatment

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Patients who have undergone cancer treatments are still required to go through continued dental checkups

Smoking is a very bad habit to continue after getting cancer treatments and it can cause further damage to your dental health

A well-balanced diet that fits the demographics and need of the patients must be given, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says

Regular dental checkups must be observed to make sure that no dental problems develop after treatment and so that treatments can be given before minor conditions get worse

Brushing daily can help patients avoid tooth decay

Flossing is also important in maintaining dental health

Rinsing the mouth with a non-alcohol mouthwash is necessary to help limit bacterial growth

Most of the time, patients who have undergone cancer treatments will require continued dental checkups. This is because dental problems can arise as a side effect of the treatments.

Since the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, caring for it, and making sure that the teeth is in good condition is crucial for one’s wellness even after getting the treatments.

Stopping your Smoking Habit

Smoking is a very bad habit to continue especially when you have just finished getting cancer treatments. Smoking is very dangerous to your health and it can cause further damage to your mouth, teeth, and gums.

Optimizing your Nutrition

Diet can greatly affect your dental health. According to one of the agencies under the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, your diet must be well balanced. It must be fitted to meet the age, level of physical activity, gender, as well as the current health condition of the patient.

Some of the guidelines specified by the U.S. government include:

  • Having the right amount of protein from lean sources such as beef, skinless poultry, and fish.
  • Consuming legumes, eggs, peas, and beans.
  • Eating at least 8 ounces of seafood per week.
  • Consuming fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
  • Opting for whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat bread.
  • And eating lots of fruits and vegetables each meal.

Observe Regular Dental Checkups

Patients, who have gone through cancer treatments, can still suffer from different dental issues.

By visiting the dentist on a regular basis, one can easily be able to deal with any damage that develops before they get worse. The dentist can assess the condition of your teeth, as well as provide immediate relief from pain.

Brushing Often

Using a toothbrush with soft bristles is also recommended to help avoid minor cuts on the gums.

The very best way for patients to slow down tooth decay is to make sure that they brush their teeth on a regular basis. Ideally, brushing the teeth must be done twice a day. It is also very important for patients to brush thoroughly using reliable Fluoride toothpastes.

Flossing once a Day

Flossing once a day before brushing at night is also crucial. Flossing helps remove food debris in-between teeth, eliminating bacterial food sources and helping to prevent tooth decay.

Using Mouthwash

Rinsing the mouth often with a non-alcohol mouthwash allows patients to get rid of bacteria properly. This can also help slow down tooth decay as well as prevent infections.

One can also use a mixture of water and baking soda especially after vomiting in order to help protect your teeth enamel from gastric acids. The dentist can also recommend a Fluoride rinse to help prevent cavities caused by a dry mouth.

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