While your cancer treatment is working cure you, it may also create unpleasant dental and mouth side effects.
Chemotherapy, radiation or surgery can create dental and oral issues that include dry mouth, mouth sores, osteonecrosis, tooth decay, gum disease and tooth discoloration or even tooth loss. These issues can be very uncomfortable, sometimes to the point of delaying treatment, but they can also have lasting negative aesthetic effects or damage prior cosmetic procedures.
A dentist – particularly one with experience in treating cancer patients – is a vital part of your medical team and can help heal your mouth and enhance its appearance. Sometimes dentists have additional expertise in nutrition, periodontics or cosmetic dentistry that can also be very helpful during healing.