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Cancer Treatment and Your Oral Health

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

It is extremely important for patients who are undergoing cancer treatments to see their dentist for an examination. This will help ensure overall health. Patients who have been diagnosed with cancer are at a greater risk of developing painful and debilitating oralcomplications from their treatments. The most common complications for patients receiving radiation therapy include dry mouth, sensitive lesions , hypersensitive teeth, rapid tooth decay and difficulty swallowing.  Your dentist and oncologist can work together before and during your cancer treatments to help minimize and manage such problems. During your treatments your dentist may advise you to brush twice daily and rinse with a special mouth rinse. If you develop a condition called dry mouth an artificial salivareplacement found over the counter will be suggested. To help avoid tooth decay you may be advised to use fluoride applications. Because any infection in your mouth can have serious implications, make sure you routinely visit your dentist. Both your dentist and your physician want your treatment to be as safe and effective as possible.

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