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Old 04-05-2021, 06:16 AM   #1
Donna H
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tooth paste

Happy Monday All-

I have gone through one chemo cycle and my gums already hurt with my current toothpaste (Crest). I dont recall this side effect when I had chemo 6 years ago. So, yay, a new one! Does anyone recommend a specific brand or type of toothpaste to use during chemo?
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Old 04-05-2021, 08:44 AM   #2
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Re: tooth paste

HI Donna I sent you a PM. But sensodyne is a great toothpaste or any natural one, for example Toms
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Old 04-06-2021, 01:35 PM   #3
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Re: tooth paste

Biotene products - I didn't use the toothpaste but used the mouthwash. It was recommended by my oncologist's office
March, 2000: 48, Post menopausal (5 yrs HRT) Left breast, IDC 3mm/DCIS 1.6cm, ER+/PR-/Her2+++, mod differentiated, MIB low, lumpectomy, node neg via SNB, rads=33 Stage 1a
June, 2000: Tamox 4.5 years,Femara for 5 years (end in Jan. 2010)
Sept, 2012: 61, Via mamm, ultrasound, biopsy, right breast, 2.3cm tumor, ER+/PR-/Her2+++, poorly diff, KI67 60-70%
BRCA 1 and 2 negative
October, 2012: Bi Mast with tissue expanders, port placement
Final Path: IDC 2.8cm, DCIS, 1/4 sentinal nodes positive (@#$%). Stage IIB
Nov 29, 2012: Begin TCH/6x/every 3 wks, H for 1 year/every 3 weeks.
March 14, 2013: Finished chemo
April 9, 2013: Begin radiation 28x
May 22, 2013: Finished rads
June 1st, 2013: Started Aromasin for 5 yrs.
July 15, 2013: Switched to Letrozole (Femara). Probably for the rest of my life
October 16, 2013: Exchange surgery
October 31, 2013: Finished Herceptin
December 5, 2013: Port removed
Glad this year is over!
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Old 04-17-2021, 06:17 AM   #4
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Re: tooth paste

If all else fails, you could try plain old sodium bicarbonate. Add a tiny bit of water to make a paste, or wet your brush and dip in the stuff. Add a drop of peppermint oil for taste if you like, but make sure you get the natural, edible kind.
Diagnosed age 44, January 2004, 0.7 cm IDC & DCIS. Stage 1, grade 3, ER/PR pos. HER2 pos. clear margins, no nodes. SNB. 35 rads. On Zoladex and Armidex since Dec. 2004. Stopped Zoladex/Arimidex sept 2009 Still taking mistletoe shots (CAM therapy) Doing fine.
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Old 04-19-2021, 09:18 PM   #5
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Hi Donna,
I switched to a baby's toothbrush. Or if you can't find a baby toothbrush, try to find "very soft". I hope you get relief!
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:36 AM   #6
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The baking soda/salt combo has provided relief. Thanks!!
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