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If you have an unhealthy smile before you receive cancer treatment, there is a chance that you are more susceptible to infection, which is why it’s important to have the healthiest smile possible when you begin cancer treatment in Ladera Ranch, California.

To help you, our Mission Ranch Dental Aesthetics team recommends doing the following things:

-Visit your dentist: It’s very important to visit your dentist because he can treat areas of concern, which can reduce possible dental side effects that are related to chemotherapy and radiation. Some treatment recommendations might include providing a fluoride treatment, filling existing cavities, treating gum disease, or removing infected teeth.

-Brush regularly: Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day with an extra-soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. If you need to, you can soak your toothbrush in warm water to make it softer. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!

-Floss: Floss between your teeth at least once a day. Doing so will help remove plaque and food particles from the area. If your gums are sore or bleeding, be gentle and avoid flossing those areas. But, make sure to floss the rest of your teeth.

-Avoid using tobacco: Tobacco products are very harmful for your body, especially your mouth. If you stop using tobacco, it may help your body heal faster.

-Rinse often: Try to rinse your mouth once a day. This will help you remove food and debris from your teeth and gums. Avoid using mouthwash that has alcohol in it. Rinsing often, along with brushing and flossing, may help reduce your chances of having tooth decay and infection. Rinsing also helps protect your teeth from the harsh chemicals in vomit.

If you do these things, you will have a better chance at having a healthier smile and body. For more information and details, please feel free to call our office today at 949-388-6325 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Richard D. Guthrie. We are happy to help you.