Hello guys,

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I had Osteosarcoma back in 2011, got Chemo, had surgery and Radiotherapy. (the tumor was in the upper jaw)
My question is: did any of you have his/her teeth polished after radiotherapy? i want to know if it's safe.
I'm not going for Whitening, just polishing.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Hi Honeybee,

I would say that anything to keep teeth and gums healthy - while harming nothing else - has to be good. Luckily I did not have anything wrong with either jaw, just the tongue. I go to the dentist regularly and see the hygienist every three months. She is very pleased with the way things are going in my mouth. After she has had a good clean round she always finishes with a polishing session and it certainly hasn't done any harm. No, I am not in to the whitening effect - it very often doesn't look natural.

I hope this is helpful - keep in touch.

Life's a bitch - then it has puppies.
Thanks Petronel for ur reply,
My question to you is: Did you have Radiotherapy during ur treatment?
because regardless ur type of tumor, i'd like to know if anybody who had radiotherapy on his face had polishing on his/her teeth after that. (coz i think the rays would anyway affect most parts of the face)

Thanks again!
Hi Honeybee,

Yes, I had 33 sessions of Radiotherapy. The SCC was at the back of the tongue and the lymph glands in the neck were also affected so radiotherapy went all over the place. In some ways I am lucky in that all but one of my molars is a crown - I think they were done at the right time - and nothing to do with cancer, its treatment or anything else. The incisors are all natural teeth. However, the fact that the molars are crowns does not alter the fact that the roots are still vulnerable and bacteria could still work its way in to the junction between root and crown. Gums also benefit from healthy teeth. I see no reason why polishing should bring any harm, but I am not a professional. Both dentist and hygienist know my situation and haven't said that I shouldn't have my teeth polished. They wouldn't be doing it if it was harmful.

Hope that is helpful - good luck.

Life's a bitch - then it has puppies.

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