The Oral Health During Breast Cancer Treatments, A Thing No To Be Left Aside
October is instituted as the breast cancer awareness month but is more than pink ribbons and 5 km races. It’s 31 days to understand how important it is mostly for women to take seriously the early detection of a carcinogenic tumor to treat it properly and erase any trace of cancer.
The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, the most cases are diagnosed with post-menopausal women but unfortunately, that is not the only factor you have to look out for. Even when men can also suffer from breast cancer, born a woman is also a high risk of being a carrier of carcinogenic cells.
Rarely, ethnicity is a relevant agent too, non-Hispanic white women are the ethnic group with the higher rate of incidence of breast cancer while Native American women have the lowest one. But according to WebMD the ethnicity that has the highest rate of death caused by this type of cancer is the African-American women among 40 to 50 years old.
When breast cancer is detected, patients tend to think about the treatments to cure it like chemotherapy and the physical repercussions such as the hair loss, weight loss, and fatigue but we bet the oral health wasn’t the first thing they thought about or wanted to focus in because even if this treatment seems like a miracle, they come with negative effects to their buccal healthiness.
Cancer patients know little about the problems that the treatments cause to oral health. Because oral tissues tend to deteriorate with the course of the cancer treatments, concerns about oral complications start getting noticed by the patient. Although with the correct shielding shouldn’t cause any serious problem to the teeth, the severity of it will depend on the condition of the oral cavity and the type of treatment.
Breast cancer patients can go through various treatments to try to suppress malignant signs of the tumor. People that go through chemotherapy can suffer mucositis, fungal infection
(Candida), Viral Infection (HSV), gingival bleeding, periodontal infection, and Xerostomia. The ones that experience radiotherapy probably will have transient Xerostomia, and the ones with a rare condition called Intravenous Bisphosphonates which has generally been related to dentoalveolar surgery, can feel Osteonecrosis.
Gingivitis or how the doctors like to call it “bleeding gums” is the most common oral health problem even if you are not a breast cancer patient. The bleeding is caused by the build-up of the plaque that contains germs who attack the healthy tissue around the teeth. The bleeding could be the only symptom but inflamed gums and bad breath could be other signs.
Radiotherapy can damage the salivary glands resulting in less production of saliva. On the other hand, chemotherapy can change the nature of the saliva making it thicker, decreasing its cleaning properties and giving you a sense of dryness in your mouth. All of this symptoms have a name: Xerostomia or popularly known as dry mouth.
Both are regular problems in the process of healing but also both are reversible with their particular cares and methods. For gingivitis and Xerostomia, the dentists in Trust Dental Care recommend a dental cleaning every 6 months besides your everyday brushing and flossing and for Xerostomia. Also, quit the habit of smoking if you have it since the chemicals of the cigarettes delay the improvement of your health.
If you are in need of a dental cleaning, benefit from the promotion Trust Dental care offers for the month of October. The free dental cleansing with a value of $43 dollars starts October 1st and concludes the last day of the “pink month”. Includes a prophylaxis cleaning that will help to prevent a periodontal infection, cavities, bad breath (halitosis) and in the worst scenario the tooth loss.
An oral examination in the early stages of the illness is highly important, so if you’re a cancer patient or you know somebody that is going thru that situation, the best thing you can do is recommend a clinic with experience on the matter.
Dental hygienists often serve as primary oral health care providers for women undergoing breast cancer therapy and the staff of Trust Dental Care in Tijuana is qualified to do so with the best team of dentist in Mexico, people who care about you and your health located just five minutes away from the border
An effective communication between the oncologist and the dentist is also primordial for the patient health. This teaming will help to identify the dental needs that could increase the risk of getting any of the problems we mentioned previously before it is too late and make irreversible changes to the appearance of your smile.
As this appears to be a guideline void that does not seem to be accomplished in some clinics, surely doesn’t happen in Trust Dental Care. We are ruled by the American norms with the top tier technology to bring you a long lasting result of the treatment with better prices than the United States.
We know it, It isn’t fair that besides worrying about the overwhelming consequences of cancer treatments, the patient has to feel distressed for their dental health problems, that is why we would like you to let us take care of that issue and grant us the facility to give you that peace of mind you need and the smile you desire.
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