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Are you currently receiving treatment for cancer? If so, your dentist, Dr. Jim Kelly, encourages you to keep your smile in mind. Unfortunately, cancer treatments can affect the teeth and gums. In fact, you can experience mouth sores, dry mouth, sensitive gums, gum disease, jaw pain and infection. So, to keep your smile in tip-top shape during cancer treatment, our dentist encourages you to do the following things:

-Keep up on oral hygiene: This means you need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. These things can help you reduce your chances of having cavities, gum disease and other dental issues.

-Visit your dentist: Your dental checkups are vital for a top-notch oral health, so make sure to attend your checkups every six months.

-Watch what you eat: Your mouth can be very fragile during treatment, so it’s best to stay away from crunchy or spicy foods as well as alcohol.

-Drink water often: This can help you stay hydrated, frequently wash debris from your mouth and help you prevent dental issues.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to care for your smile while you’re receiving cancer treatments, please contact our dental team in Phoenix, Arizona. All you need to do is reach out to Dr. Jim Kelly Dentistry at 602-954-1901. We look forward to helping you!