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Breast Cancer and Dental Problems

Breast cancer survivors and especially chemotherapy patients need to be aware that they are at a greater risk of tooth decay and other dental problems. Apparently, chemo reduces the amount of saliva in the mouth, and that in turn promotes potential tooth problems. This is the reason why most dentists as well as medical doctors often advise cancer patients to see his or her dentist before and after chemotherapy treatment.

The other important aspect about regular dental checkups is bone health. Often a dentist can cite problems with the jawbone, and other oral disease that cancer survivors need to be aware of. If the bones are being compromised by treatment, then keeping the teeth and jaws under surveillance is just wise. It has also been reported that poor dental health can promote heart problems.

A healthy patient is recommended to see the dentist every 6 months.  Having any type of cancers, you should pay more attention to your teeth since your immune system is compromised.  If you are looking for a dentist, call El Portal Dental Group at 209-385-1479 for an appointment. 


1. Steam vegetables: help preserve the vitamins and minerals

2. Reduce the meat

3. Cook with extra-virgin olive oil: it contains unsaturated fats and speed up your metabolism

4. Substitute the butter: use love-fat sour cream, Greek yogurt, mashed avocado when baking.

Happy Eating, Happy Living!