Oncology & Dental Health
Cancer treatments can affect your entire body, including your teeth and gums. Oncology can cause inflammation, infections, taste changes, dry mouth, pain, tooth decay, gum disease and mouth sores. It is important for the patient to communicate with the dentist about any cancer treatment and also inform the oncologist about any planned dental work.
As a patient living with cancer, you should request a dental exam and cleaning periodically during the course of your treatment. Regular dental hygiene is not that different for people with cancer than it is for people who don’t have cancer, but because cancer treatments can affect the teeth and gums, it can be even more important.