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Receding Gums #200598
12-22-2020 11:24 AM
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Hi all

My gum line on my upper left back molars is receding. I am 5 months post rads (60Gy oral cavity and neck). Had root canal up there, renewed crown, and small cavity all about a month ago.

Weird because it is the opposite side of where I had SCC. Surgery to remove half of right side tongue and lymph nodes was 4/1/20. Margins clear and SCC found in one node.

Appreciate any advice anyone can offer. Thanks and happy holidays to all. Stay safe and keep the faith.

Nels


OC thriver, Tongue Stage IV, diag 3/12/20, surg 4/1/20, RT compltd 7/8/20
Re: Receding Gums [Re: Nels] #200599
12-22-2020 03:23 PM
12-22-2020 03:23 PM
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Fr9m what I know, radiation destroys the enamel on your teeth and so you will need root canals and other dental work. The fluoride trays you were given before radiation are really for life. But I think most people find it too much of a hassle after the radiation treatment.


Gloria
She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails... Elizabeth Edwards

Wife to John,dx 10/2012, BOT, HPV+, T3N2MO, RAD 70 gy,Cisplatinx2 , PEG in Dec 6, 2012, dx dvt in both legs after second chemo session, Apr 03/13 NED, July 2013 met to lungs, Phase 1 immunotherapy trial Jan 18/14 to July/14. Taxol/carboplatin July/14. Esophagus re-opened Oct 14. PEG out April 8, 2015. Phase 2 trial of Selinexor April to July 2015. At peace Jan 15, 2016.
Re: Receding Gums [Re: gmcraft] #200602
12-24-2020 05:50 PM
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Thanks. I have been doing the fluoride gel daily since treatment. I sometimes miss a day so probably 6 days/week. I floss and brush at least twice a day. I have been a daily flosser for decades. Never had any noticeable issues with gums until a month or two ago. I have been seeing my dentist every couple months since treatment due to all the work and issues and she just noticed this in the last few weeks. Hoping to hold onto my teeth as long as I can.


OC thriver, Tongue Stage IV, diag 3/12/20, surg 4/1/20, RT compltd 7/8/20
Re: Receding Gums [Re: Nels] #200604
12-25-2020 05:05 AM
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Good dental work. My husband did the same but still ended up needing a root canal.
Are you using Prevident toothpaste? Also watch that dry
mouth.
Oral cancer is brutal in its side effects.


Gloria
She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails... Elizabeth Edwards

Wife to John,dx 10/2012, BOT, HPV+, T3N2MO, RAD 70 gy,Cisplatinx2 , PEG in Dec 6, 2012, dx dvt in both legs after second chemo session, Apr 03/13 NED, July 2013 met to lungs, Phase 1 immunotherapy trial Jan 18/14 to July/14. Taxol/carboplatin July/14. Esophagus re-opened Oct 14. PEG out April 8, 2015. Phase 2 trial of Selinexor April to July 2015. At peace Jan 15, 2016.

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