Radiation Therapy and Dental Health
Patients who have undergone radiation therapy for cancer have an increased chance of dental problems. The most common effects are dry mouth, soreness, bleeding gums, jaw stiffness and slow healing, along with increased risk of tooth decay. It is recommended that a patient see a dentist about two weeks prior to starting radiation treatment to discuss oral-health issues and problems related to radiation treatment.
Patients are encouraged to keep their regular hygiene appointment and be vigilant in watching for any changes in their oral hygiene. They should brush gently after every meal and at bedtime with a soft brush and report any changes to the dentist. (newsletter inc )