- One third of all cancer patients end up with dental problems, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says
- Cancer Treatments have been found to have a significant impact on dental health
- A three-step dental plan can be used so cancer patients can care for their dental health properly.
Cancer has a huge impact on one’s dental health.
It is crucial for cancer patients who are planning to undergo treatment, to make sure that their teeth and gums are in top condition. Minor dental problems can easily turn for the worse and severe infections can delay your cancer treatment as well as your post treatment recovery.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, as much as a third of all cancer patients end up with dental problems. From simple mouth sores and dry mouth issues, patients can develop gum sensitivity, jaw pain, oral infections or gum disease.
Cancer Treatments and its effects on the Mouth
Cancer treatments, specifically chemotherapy, can greatly compromise your immune system. Patients who do not have a healthy mouth are likely to develop infections or make existing dental problems worse during treatment.
Having a healthy mouth before, during, and after cancer treatment on the other hand, is important as it allows patients to lessen the side effects and it can allow their body to focus on cancer recovery. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can damage healthy cells; it can damage your salivary glands, and put you at risk for different dental problems.
The three-step Dental plan for Cancer patients
By maintaining proper oral hygiene and by making sure that your dentist is a part of your cancer care group, one can avoid dental problems. Patients must follow the dental plan so that they can care for their dental health properly.
The dental plan for cancer patients is divided into the following:
- Guidelines to follow prior to cancer treatment
- Guidelines to implement during cancer treatment
- And Guidelines to observe after cancer treatment