Certain medical treatments, such as head and neck radiation and chemotherapy can cause teeth to discolor. Some infections in pregnant mothers can affect enamel development in your baby and discolor their teeth. Medications: It has long been known that certain drugs discolor teeth in developing children.
Can chemo affect your teeth?
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause changes in the lining of the mouth and the salivary glands, which make saliva. This can upset the healthy balance of bacteria. These changes may lead to mouth sores, infections, and tooth decay.
How can I protect my teeth during chemo?
Oral hygiene instructions:
- brush three times a day with a soft toothbrush.
- floss daily.
- apply fluoride gel to teeth with custom tray twice daily.
- eat a nutritionally balanced diet, low in sugar.
Why are my teeth staining all of a sudden?
Tooth staining can seem to happen overnight, but chances are, something has been introduced to your teeth over time that slowly darkened your teeth. With the exception of dental trauma, tooth discoloration is mostly caused by repeated exposure to staining ingredients or because of something health-related.
Can cancer turn your teeth brown?
A less common cause of tooth discoloration can be a disease that affects enamel or treatment of a disease, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation used to treat cancer. In this case, the discoloration is more of a brownish color.
What is the best mouthwash for chemo patients?
Water. A mouthwash with no alcohol or sugar, such as Biotene® PBF Oral Rinse or BetaCell™ Oral Rinse.
What do chemo mouth sores look like?
The sores may be very red or they may have small white patches in the middle. The sores can be painful. The sores can also make it hard for you to eat, talk, swallow and breathe. Sores can appear on any of the soft tissues of your lips or your mouth, including your gums, your tongue or the roof and floor of your mouth.
Does chemo affect your teeth and gums?
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. These drugs kill cancer cells, but they may also harm normal cells, including cells in the mouth. Side effects include problems with your teeth and gums; the soft, moist lining of your mouth; and the glands that make saliva (spit).
How long after chemo can you have dental work?
Typically, you should allow at least 2 weeks for healing between dental surgery and starting cancer treatment. You should also talk with your doctor or another member of your health care team about which mouth problems you should tell your dentist about right away.
What are the late effects of chemotherapy?
Late effects of chemotherapy include:
- Difficulty with focused thinking (sometimes called chemo brain).
- Early menopause.
- Heart problems.
- Reduced lung capacity.
- Kidney and urinary problems.
- Nerve problems such as numbness and tingling.
- Bone and joint problems.
What medications discolor teeth?
Medications: Several medications lead to tooth discoloration as a side effect. If you received the common antibiotics doxycycline or tetracycline as a child, your teeth may have discolored as a consequence. Antihistamines, high blood pressure medications, and antipsychotic drugs can also discolor teeth.
Can teeth discoloration be reversed?
Most of the time, the stains are “extrinsic,” affecting the tooth enamel alone, and can be corrected. An example of extrinsic discoloration is stains caused by foods or beverages.
Which drugs cause yellowish discoloration of teeth?
Medications. The antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline are known to discolor teeth when given to children whose teeth are still developing (before age 8). Mouth rinses and washes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain teeth.
Why have my teeth suddenly gone brown?
Bacteria-filled plaque is constantly forming on your teeth. When you eat foods containing sugar, bacteria produce acid. If plaque isn’t brushed off teeth regularly, the acid breaks down tooth enamel. This results in brown stains and cavities.
Why are my teeth suddenly yellow?
Teeth ultimately turn yellow as you get older, when enamel wears away from chewing and exposure to acids from food and drink. Most teeth turn yellow as this enamel thins with age, but some take on a grayish shade when mixed with a lasting food stain.
What diseases cause teeth discoloration?
Some medical conditions may impact the tooth enamel, which can lead to changes in the color of your teeth. These conditions include metabolic diseases, calcium deficiency, liver disease, rickets, eating disorders, and celiac disease.