Chemo whether pill or I.V., and radiation can be really hard on your teeth. To prevent cavities, you’ll want to step up your oral hygiene and avoid getting “dry mouth.”
I usually flossed before. Now I floss twice a day; everyday. Now I’m also a fan of Biotene mouthwash, toothpaste and gum. When you look for gum, make sure it has the ingredient Xylitol. Ice Breakers Ice Cubes gum has it, too. It’s what helps stimulate saliva flow and reduces dry mouth. Biotene dry mouth toothpaste and natural toothpastes (Tom’s of Maine, Dr. Nate’s) don’t foam like traditional pastes because they don’t use the ingredient Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), or any derivative. SLS is a detergent, causing bubbling. It cleans by scrubbing and stripping the mouth of protective layer, thus drying out the mouth. Use a non-alcohol mouthwash with fluoride. Also, I found Dentswabs—those little sponge lollipops—helped get rid of dry mouth after surgeries. If you’re a mouth breather, drink water to keep your mouth moist. That’ll help prevent cavities. My dentist celebrated when after chemo I had “only” one cavity!