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If you have cancer, you are in for quite the trial. Have you decided that you’re going to come out on top? If so, two things you’ll want to be aware of are how cancer affects your mouth and what you can do to keep it healthy.

One of the trademarks of cancer and chemotherapy is that it weakens your immune system. And unless your mouth is very healthy prior to treatment, you will be more vulnerable to infections. Radiation can also damage your salivary glands which can result in a severe case of dry mouth, increasing your chance of cavities and infections.

Here’s what you can do before your cancer treatments to make sure that your mouth is as healthy as possible so that when your immune system weakens, your mouth will be ready.

Visit Moore Family Dental: Dr. Aaron Moore and our staff can examine and clean your mouth. Make sure that you let us know that you are preparing for cancer therapy so that we can give you special care. We may recommend various other options for your mouth, such as fluoride treatments, fillings, or gum disease procedures.

Brush and Floss regularly: You may not be feeling your best, but do your best to brush twice a day and floss every night. These small efforts will go a long way to helping your teeth stay strong and healthy.

Eat Nutritious Food: Food rich in nutrients can boost your immune system. Incorporate healthy levels of fruits and vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein into your diet.

Want more tips on boosting your dental health before your cancer treatment? Feel free to ask us in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Just call 304-699-0359. We are here to support you.