Cancer: Taking Care of Your Teeth During Treatment

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During the course of your cancer treatment you may experience mild to severe side effects. Be sure to consult with your cancer care team prior to dental checkups, especially if you have a port under your skin for receiving medication or feeding. This is important because patients with a port may also take anti-blood clotting medications, which can increase bleeding during dental and medical procedures and the risk of infection. 

Below are some of the most common side effects and treatment options. Then, find out how to care for your mouth after treatment has been completed.

To help you better understand how cancer can affect your dental health, the American Dental Association has two other pages devoted to this topic. They are:

  • Mouth Sores
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sensitive Gums and Gum Disease
  • Jaw Pain
  • Infection

To help you better understand how cancer can affect your dental health, the American Dental Association has two other pages devoted to this topic. They are: