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Radiation causes tooth decay! Radiation causes tooth decay!

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Unread 05-09-2004, 12:04 AM
Radiation causes tooth decay!

Hi Ladies
I'm 9 and a half weeks post op. Went back to work May 3rd. I still get some sharp pains, but I'm pretty good. BUT.......you wont believe this, but I have developed a condition my dentist told me about today: People who are exposed to radiation can immediatly develope cavities and receding gums! She's seen it before, and I have it too. I just had my second internal radiation treatment on May 6th. Today I had to have a root canal and the gums around one of my teeth is receding. Denits put me on anti biotics for my gums. Icky-yuck! I had no idea this could happen. I have two more treatments and I'm going to see the dentist every weekend so she can keep an eye on my mouth. My teeth started hurting about 5 days ago. Weird and unexpected! Has anyone else had this?
Love, Martha
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Unread 05-09-2004, 01:42 AM
Radiation causes tooth decay!

Martha, this can also be due to low estrogen levels, or just hormonal changes in general. It wouldn't surprise me that radiation can be part of the cause, but so can anesthesia, menopause, and losses in bone density.

I do know that my teeth have been a constant struggle since my surgery two years ago -- and we do not have a good dentist, nor do we have dental insurance . However, staying on top of things can help with other issues down the road, like infections and (believe it or not) heart disease.

Hope the root canal isn't bothering you too much; I have to have two done, and I'm extremely nervous about it !

Unread 05-09-2004, 11:43 AM
Not Surprised.

I was for a moment and then realized--well, why not? Chemo can wreck teeth too. Just another thing to think about--I know lately I've had good solid crowns come off...
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Unread 05-09-2004, 10:44 PM
Radiation causes tooth decay!

I am constantly complaining to my husband about my teeth. As soon as I read this I called him in to read it. My teeth hurt off and on all the time. I had all work on my teeth completed before I had my surgery. I thought that maybe the chemo had softened my teeth. I have not gone to the dentist since my Chemo and radaition in which I finished in Nov. I was going to make a dental appointment, but I read somewhere not to have any dental work completed if your blood counts are low. My WBC recently was 3.6. I guess I'll try and hold out till my next GYN/ONC appt and see what he suggest.

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