I will get my third infusion of Rituxan and bendamustine next week. Went to the dentist yesterday for a clean and a checkup. He found five cavities! My teeth are normally good and usually have nothing to report after a dental visit.
My dentist told me that tooth decay is a typical side effect of chemo therapy. I wish my oncologist would have mentioned this up front. The dentist said that our mouths become too acidic which corrode the enamel. Sometime chemo patients can have dry mouth, although no in my case, we can also contribute to dental problems.
I have good dental hygiene so this is not the cause. So all of you getting chemo might want to consult your dentist.
The dentist told me to make a very dilute solution of bleach as a mouth wash to create a basic environment in the mouth. A few drops of fresh chlorine bleach in a quart/ liter of water, like in a swimming pool. Also according to my dentist, fluoride treatments can help
Also mentioned by my oncologist that dental work can be a serious source of infection I was on 2000mg of amoxicillin for the visit.