I am undergoing cancer treatment. How can this affect my oral health?
We understand that going through cancer treatment is difficult and trying. That is why we partner with our patients to help prevent dental emergencies and other problems throughout treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause a number of problems with your oral health, including:
- Mouth sores
- Dry mouth
- Bleeding gums
It can be more difficult to maintain your oral health when you undergo cancer treatment because of your compromised immune system. Special mouth rinses can help with infection and certain mouthwashes help with relieving dry mouth, which if left untreated can lead to periodontal disease.
It is important to let Dr. Martin know that you will be undergoing cancer treatment so that we can prepare by completing any necessary dental work and taking precautions to keep you healthy. Certain treatments such as fluoride, extra soft toothbrushes, and anti-bacterial rinses can make your oral care easier.
You might benefit from more frequent professional dental cleanings to help prevent periodontal disease. We will work with your doctor’s recommendation to ensure that you receive the best care possible while you fight cancer.