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Dentist recomendations

Hi,

I am after any recomendations for dental work for dentists experienced in working with people on chemo. I am terrified of dentists and need someone gentle in or around the Surrey/Croydon/Coulsdon area. The chemo has really taken it's toll with sickness and acid my mouth and I now have receding gums from it and a broken tooth.

If anyone can help I don't want to start getting toothache on top of everything else and I have read some posts on ladies from site going to dentist not used to chemo. Patients.

Thanks

Hyacinth

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Hi Hyacinth. Boy can I totally relate to your post. As if we haven't got enough to deal with. I'm not in your area but see if they have a 'My Dentist'. I recently moved dentists to them and they specialise in people like me who are nervous of the dentist and have issues like receding gums and broken teeth (I have the gum issue and three broken teeth!) luckily at the back so not noticable but still a pain!. Worth having a conversation if the have one in your area.

Good luck! xx Kathy xx

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Hyacinth are you able to wait until chemo is finished? If you don’t have pain you might find this a better option. My Onc was not happy for me to have treatment on chemo and stopped my Avastin for several weeks while I had dental work done. My dental hygienist wouldn’t touch me while on chemo.

It’s all much easier if you don’t feel sick before during and after xx

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I really understand your dilemma, I have dentist phobia but have found one who really understands both my phobia and also the after effects from chemo on teeth and gums. Unfortunately I’m not near you I’m near to Manchester.

My oncology team did say I shouldn’t have any dental work done while had my treatment due to the risk of infection.

Speak with your oncology team for advice,they may well know of a good dentist in your area.

Good luck with this lovely ❤️Xx Jane

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Could you not ask your GP to refer you to the dental department of your local hospital ,I'm sure they will be experienced in working with people who have had or are on chemo. x

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I’d speak to your oncologist, I had problems with my teeth while on Avastin and my oncologist sent me to a specialist dental surgeon.

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Thanks for responses, I will ask oncologist if it's safe and for a referral if it is. Terrifies me just thinking about it, very bad experiences as a child terrible school dentist. I did well after I left him for over 25 years but last dental appointment was very bad again, haven't been able to go since.

Hyacinth

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Thanks for responses, will ask oncologist next to e I see himhyacinth

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Hi Hyacinth, How did you go finding a dentist? I had 5 teeth that needed to be remove and the gums stitched becourse over time my gums had resided and the teeth were loose ,

a lot of dentist will not work on your teeth while you are on chemo.

I came of chemo for 6 weeks, it's very important that your platelets are not low. I'm glad I've had it done.

I hope you have found a good dentist take care Lorraine xx 😀

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Hi Lorraine,

I'm still on chemo will be having my 6th lot next Friday and saturday, I have to go into hospital to have over 2 days as I have a sensitivity to it. Haven't found a dentist yet but I am going into hospital tomorrow and Friday to have a drain in my abdomen (as long as white bloodhound ok and blood isn't to thin as I'm on blood thinner due to blood clot) and I will probably see my doctor then and ask his advice.

Thanks for asking, did the chemo really affect your teeth as well,I think mine were already starting to go a little but the chemo really finished the job,but I can't complain about chemo as at least it's keeping me alive and a few teeth are small price to pay.

I'm not sure what happens next as I will continue on chemo, not sure if or when I will get a break.

Hyacinth

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Hi, Keep your spirits up.. take care Lorraine xx

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