Over a third of the one-point-two million Americans diagnosed with cancer every year may develop painful oral complications from their treatment. If you are undergoing cancer treatment, you may be unaware that a dental examination is a critical step in maintaining your overall health. Someone who receives radiation therapy of the head and neck area may develop certain oral complications, including dry mouth…lesions…hypersensitive teeth… rapid tooth decay… and difficulty swallowing. To help prevent, minimize, and manage such problems, your dentist and oncologist should work together during treatment. He or she may recommend gently brushing your teeth twice daily as well as using a mouthrinse. If you develop dry mouth, your dentist may recommend an artificial saliva replacement. Any mouth infection may have serious implications, so contact your dentist or physician as soon as possible.


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