Dear Dr. Ellie
Can this regimen be good and soothing for cancer patients undergoing radiation?
Dr. T DDS
Hi Dr. T,
I feel strongly that cancer patients are generally not being given the best advice – most people suffer horrible oral problems.
Unfortunately I am a lone voice – so my regimen is regarded as an “opinion” of one practitioner.
I know baking soda is often recommended to these patients (ugh) – often along with peroxide.
I am certain that for people with compromised immune systems and particularly women and cancer patients – baking soda and peroxide are too aggressive and damage healthy pellicle -the natural protection for healthy teeth, gums and mucosa.
I believe it is very important to build healthy pellicle PRIOR to chemo or radiation therapies ( which obviously destroy it).
Xylitol dissolved in water – sipped through the day – will help as a “feeder” or Pre-Biiotic for pellicle.
Probiotics obviously help – also a mineral-rich diet.
The proteins for pellicle come from healthy saliva – so mineral supplements, vitamin D, etc will help.
My mouth rinse system is great and definitely works to develop healthy biofilm and keep the mouth comfortable and clean.
Eating Zellies mints ( fruit or mint) after meals will also biofilm – these mints stimulate a flow of healthy alkaline saliva from palatal salivary glands.
I would like to see all chemo patients on my regimen as soon as possible BEFORE therapy.
I understand that during active treatment patients may only use xylitol- but this would be sufficient to control bacteria and thrush infections, etc for a limited time.
Some Oncologists have the misconception that xylitol will be difficult for the G-I tract – to them I say – then “let patients rinse and spit it out”!
( I do not believe at this low dosage xylitol offers anything but help).
If there is anything I can do to reach or teach chemo patients – just let me know.