A member of our community shared with us his comprehensive maintenance plan. His goal is maintaining his quality of speech and swallowing in the face of the side effects of long term head and neck cancer treatment. One part of his plan that jumped out at us was his oral hygiene care. As too many of you know, dry mouth and the effects of radiations can lead to a dramatic increase in cavities and jaw bone compromise (including possible bone infections and failure).
He went from a C grade from my dental hygienist to straight A’s by upping this oral care plan. Here’s his 5-point morning and evening oral care ritual:
1) Waterpik “water” flosser with a wand that enables one to direct water to flow between every tooth (surprising the particles that are sprayed into the sink).
2) Waterpik “electric” flosser (thin that fits between all teeth).