claire2004
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Teeth!

claire2004
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02 Jun 2015

Has anyone on Glivec experienced increased dental problems?

I am just wondering if anybody else taking 400 Glivec has experienced an increase in dental problems.  I have been taking Glivec for 11 years now and seem to need work done every time I go to the dentist for check ups and often have to go between the 6 month checks!  I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

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03.06.2015

Hi Claire,

Not having been on Glivec, I couldn't really comment on this one but have put the question out to the CMLU UK Facebook group who are incredibly knowledgeable and normally very quick to respond. Indeed, they're well worth taking a look at as they've been an enormous benefit to me whenever I've had an issue: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cmluk/

I'd also recommend that you get in touch with your consultant or doctor to see if they can tell you if this is a a common side effect. They may well be able to provide you with advice on how to protect your mouth too and stop further work being carried out.

Hope you're otherwise well and thanks so much for getting in touch.

Anonymous
03.06.2015

Yes I have had more dental work done since I started taking imatinib 7 years ago. Very frustrating especially as I have been a dental nurse for 20 years! What causes my problems are dry mouth (a side effect of imatinib) saliva helps maintain the ph level on your mouth. I have had many fillings and last year actually had to have a tooth (thankfully a back one) extracted!! Really upset me! I chew lots of sugar free him after meals to stimulate saliva flow which helps. I can only recommend a good tough brushing reigeme, including the use of floss and interdental brushing and a good mouthwash. Don't rinse after brushing or mouthwash use as this washes away the toothpaste/mouthwash and reduces its positive effects. Hope that helps x

Anonymous
03.06.2015

Sorry to hear you have also experienced problems with your teeth. I avoid sugary drinks, try to eat a healthy diet, brush twice a day, use the small brushes (like floss) morning and night and mouth wash! I have had two wisdom teeth out, one back tooth extracted, two root canal treatments and filings! For someone with a needle phobia it hasn't been easy!!! I will try not rinsing after brushing, I am grateful for any ideas x