By Joshua Austin DDS
More than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year and
many of them will develop problems with their oral health as a result of
their cancer treatment.
While its natural that theyll be focused on their cancer treatment, its
important not to overlook the importance of a dental examination as part
of the process of maintaining overall health.
For example, radiation therapy of the head and neck area may lead to
certain complications such as dry mouth, sensitive lesions in the oral
cavity, hypersensitive teeth, rapid tooth decay and difficulty
Chemotherapy and other medication can also have significant effects in the mouth.
To help prevent, minimize and manage such problems, the dentist and
oncologist can work together before and during cancer treatment.
Many medications lead to dry mouth, which can lead to a higher risk of
gum disease and other problems. The dentist may therefore recommend a
saliva replacement, an artificial saliva that is available
over-the-counter at pharmacies.
Frequent fluoride applications may also be recommended.
If you are receiving treatment, schedule regular screenings with your
dentist and contact your dentist or physician immediately on any sign of
mouth infection. This may have serious implications for your overall
Your dentist and physician both want your treatment to be as safe and effective as possible.
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Joshua Austin DDS
At Joshua Austin DDS dentist office in San Antonio TX, your smile is our top priority. Dr. Joshua Austin & entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them …
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