Radiation, chemotherapy and marrow transplants can cause complications with your oral health. The School of Dentistry is equipped to assist with the side effects of cancer treatment, such as inflammation, infection, dry mouth and impaired ability to eat. Some cancer treatments can lead to dental pain or gums that bleed. Radiation may increase your chances of cavities. Oral cancer can cause other complications.
Evaluation by our faculty members, residents and students can identify problems and prevent issues. You should be evaluated before your cancer therapy starts. It is important to continue to brush twice a day, floss once a day and use a fluoride rinse or fluoride toothpaste.