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I developed xerostomia when I underwent radiation to my single bone plasmacytoma (SBP) in my fifth cervical vertebra aka C5. While this side effect is most common in head and neck cancer patients who undergo radiation, as you can see from my experience, it can happen to anyone who undergoes radiation to their neck or lower face area.
I consider xerostomia to be a sort of stealth side effect. Xerostomia does not occur immediately after you undergo radiation therapy. I didn’t notice anything happening in my mouth for more than eight (8) years after my radiation therapy. I was walking along the street one day when a filling fell out of a molar in the back of my mouth.
It took me awhile to figure out what was going on but I came to understand that the lack of saliva in my mouth was eroding my teeth.
While a loss of saliva production in your mouth is uncomfortable, in an of itself, a dry mouth isn’t really a health problem. We can debate how unhealthy bad breath is later…
As far as my own quality and quantify of life is concerned, my real issue is my teeth. The loss of the mouth’s ability to create saliva erodes the enamel on your teeth. No enamel, no teeth.
While the usual talking points for keeping your teeth healthy can help, xerostomia can advance faster than brushing, flossing, etc. can help.
The study linked and excerpted below is the first time I have ever found a therapy that purports to actually re-mineralize tooth enamel.
My guess is that the re-mineralizing of tooth enamel isn’t available in your dentist’s offices. However, I think it is only a matter of time before this process is available. I am writing this post in 12/2022. I will keep you posted as I learn more.
In the meantime, please read more about the evidence-based, non-conventional therapies discussed in the xerostomia blog post linked below.
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“Dehydration, radiotherapyinvolving the salivary glands, chemotherapy and several diseases can cause reduced salivation (hyposalivation), or a change in saliva consistency and hence a complaint of xerostomia…
“Tooth enamel can be restored by adding a complex of amino acids to the mineralized material hydroxyapatite, discovered through joint research by scientists at Ural Federal University, Voronezh State University, Voronezh State Medical University, Al-Azhar University, and the National Research Center (Egypt).
In our work we have demonstrated that with the use of nanocrystalline carbonate-substituted calcium hydroxyapatite (HAp), a calcium alkali, and a complex of polyfunctional organic and polar amino acids, a biomimetic mineralized layer can be formed on the surface of the dental natural tissue (biotemplate).
The formation of a mineralized layer with properties resembling those of natural hard tissue was confirmed by the results of field emission electron and atomic force microscopy, also chemical imaging of the surface areas with help of Raman microspectroscopy. The thickness of the biomimetic mineralized layer varies from 300 to 500 nm, while the direction of some ncHAp nanocrystals coincides with that of apatite crystals in the enamel. We also demonstrated that the engineered mineralized HAp layer was characterized by homogeneous micromorphology and enhanced nanohardness in the region of the enamel rods exceeding that of native enamel.
Obtaining a mineralized layer with a similar hierarchy and cleavage characteristic of natural enamel, taking into account the peculiarities of micromorphology of dental tissue, is an urgent problem for future research.
The development of a strategy for biomimetic engineering and a technique for enamel surface pre-treatment in order to provide tissue mineralization has a huge potential for application in dental clinic practices…”