What if my cancer is not in my mouth? How can dental treatment help to prevent complications with the treatments that I will receive?
Dental disease can make you susceptible to infections inside of your mouth. These infections can spread throughout your body, especially when your immune system is compromised with certain types of cancer treatments. Some cancer treatments can also cause painful side effects within your mouth. Preventive dental care can reduce your risks of these types of side effects.
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It is wise to inform your dental office of your diagnosis and ask them to review your records to ensure that you are up-to-date on dental radiographs (x-rays) and that there are no concerns that could potentially cause complications with your cancer treatments. Your dentist may wish to schedule an examination just to be safe.
What if I have not seen a dentist in several years and don’t know which dentist I should call for an examination?
Ask your oncologist for a recommendation.
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