In order to provide the best dental care and accurately diagnose dental problems, it is extremely important to have x-rays taken at your routine examinations. Digital dental x-rays have low levels of radiation exposure and they allow us to see damage and diseases which can not be seen with a naked eye. http://www.cda.org/Portals/0/pdfs/fact_sheets/xrays_english.pdf
Do you suffer from dry mouth? Your saliva acts as a first defense mechanism by controlling the amount of bacteria and preventing mouth from becoming too acidic. Certain medications, systemic diseases, radiation therapy, mouth breathing, or other factors can cause dry mouth. Read the article to discover some common problems associated with dry mouth and what can be done to relieve it. http://dentistryandmedicine.blogspot.com/2012/11/information-on-dry-mouth-xerostomia.html
Amalgam (Silver mercury) fillings should be treated like any other dental restoration when it comes to replacement. Signs of decay, chipping, cracking, or poor margins are all reasons to replace fillings. . Amalgam is a very strong material and lasts a long time, but it does corrode and leak over time allowing bacteria and bits of food particles to seep down under the filling.
http://www.cancercenter.com/community/thrive/dental-health-and-cancer-treatment/ Cancer therapy can cause oral complications that compromise oral health, which can lead to an increased risk of mouth sores, infections, and tooth decay. It is important to visit your dentist in order to have good oral health prior to beginning of cancer treatment. This allows for adequate recovery time in the event that invasive dental procedures are necessary.