if you are currently going through chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy for treatment of cancer, you are prone to developing gum disease and dental decay. the medications used for chemotherapy cause the cesation of saliva production in the mouth and as a result the mouth becomes dry.  saliva is our natural defense against bactera growth.  in a dry mouth bacteria grows at a much faster rate and inturn makes the oral enviroment more prone to development of periodontal disease and dental decay.  products such as biotene mouthwash and toothpaste replace enzymes back into the mouth and in turn help keep the mouth moist.  avoiding acidic drinks such as orange juice and sodas along with sipping on water throughout the day will assist in hydrating the oral mucosa, and thus reducing the chances of developing periodontal and dental disease. for more information visit our website at serenefamilydentistry.com

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