Cancer and Dental Health
Every year, about 400,000 cancer victims experience treatment-related complications in the mouth. These can range from lesions to xerostomia (chronic dry mouth) to bone loss. Some of the serious complications can potentially be life-threatening.
We recommend having a dental evaluation, complete with a full set of X-rays, performed prior to any therapy. During this evaluation, we can treat any decay, abscesses, or gum disease prior to radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy, should time permit. Even if you don’t experience any pain or dental disease, it is always a good idea to receive a cleaning so that you can be in optimal oral health prior to your cancer treatment.
Mouthguards are a wonderful option for those who play any kind of sports. Mouthguards help to cushion blows to the face and neck and offer added protection to the teeth and mouth. At Troy Family Dental, we have the ability to create your custom mouthguard to protect you when you’re in the game. Mouthguards are especially important if you have a dental bridge or braces.
The mouthguards that we provide, unlike ready-made mouthguards that you can buy at a sporting goods store, are custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly. They provide optimal protection and fit and don’t inhibit your breathing or speaking. If you would like to learn more about how to protect your teeth with mouthguards and preventive dentistry, give us a call soon.