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Will Cancer Treatment Affect Your Tooth And Gums?

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Evan
Will Cancer Treatment Affect Your Tooth And Gums?A large number of cancer patients experience dental-related complications in the course of their treatment. These complications vary from mild to extremely severe cases. They include dryness in the mouth, gum sensitivity, and pain in the jaw. Our dental professionals are highly equipped to prevent and control such dental problems which help make cancer treatment more bearable for our patients.

How cancer treatment may lead to tooth decay

Cancer treatments include chemotherapy which is known to weaken your immune system in the course of weakening the cancer cells. When you have a weak immune system, you are more likely to develop infections in the mouth, especially if your dental health was not a priority prior to treatment. Regular visits to our dental team prior to treatment will help in mitigating this challenge.

Radiation therapy especially in the head and neck area damages the salivary glands causing them to produce thick saliva and cause dryness in the mouth. A dry mouth is more susceptible to infections and tooth decay.

Regular dental visits to prevent side effects

Taking care of your teeth is an important factor in the success of your cancer treatment since poor dental health may lead to delays in your treatment. As a result, it is important to make regular visits to the dentist to prevent such cases from occurring. Call our experts to ensure your dental health is at its peak as you proceed with your cancer treatments.

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