Chemotherapy can affect your teeth and other places in your mouth. Although chemo effectively kills cancer cells, it may also harm or kill healthy cells. If the chemotherapy medicines harm cells in your mouth such as your teeth, gums, or saliva glands, side effects can include: Painful teeth or gums.
Can chemo mess up 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.
Does cancer treatment make your teeth fall out?
Chemotherapy causes other side effects in children, depending on the child’s age. Problems with teeth are the most common. Permanent teeth may be slow to come in and may look different from normal teeth. Teeth may fall out.
Why do my teeth hurt after chemo?
Phantom Tooth Pain, Explained
Patients may complain of throbbing lower jaw pain. These chemotherapeutic agents are also associated with peripheral neuropathy (tingling and loss of sensation of the fingers and toes), and this phantom tooth pain is actually the neuropathy manifesting in the jaw.
How long after chemo can you go to the dentist?
Ask your dentist to share details about your oral health with your cancer doctor. This way, both doctors can work together to plan your care. Typically, you should allow at least 2 weeks for healing between dental surgery and starting cancer treatment.
How can I take care of my teeth during chemo?
During treatment with chemotherapy or head and neck radiation
- Use a soft toothbrush or a sponge applicator such as a toothette to brush your teeth.
- Don’t floss if it causes bleeding when your platelet count is low.
- Wear dentures only for meals.
Do chemo side effects get worse with each treatment?
Most types of pain related to chemotherapy get better or go away between treatments. However, nerve damage often gets worse with each dose. Sometimes the drug causing the nerve damage has to be stopped. It can take months or years for nerve damage from chemotherapy to improve or go away.
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.
Should you get your teeth cleaned during chemo?
Get your teeth cleaned and have a complete dental check-up.
Chemotherapy weakens your immune system, so you may be more susceptible to infections caused by these bacteria. Because of this, many doctors recommend having a dental check-up before chemotherapy starts.
What helps chemo in the mouth?
Eat soft foods that are high in protein and vitamins. Avoid sharp or coarse foods, such as chips, crackers or crusty bread. Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist. Suck on ice chips during your chemotherapy administration to help reduce inflammation.