Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer or early signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease can be detected in your mouth. It could be an indication of possible underlying undetected medical conditions.
There have been links between diabetes, high blood pressure, menopause with changes in the soft tissues and teeth in the mouth.
When cancer has been detected, often a dentist is required to minimise oral side effects such as dry mouth, changes in taste, oral infection and painful mouth and gums. A correct treatment plan will be implemented in order to reduce any side effects.
Be sure to keep your oncologist informed about any changes in your oral health, and make sure that your dentist and oncologist talk to each other to coordinate your care if dental problems arise during chemotherapy.
You can relieve these side effects by following a consistent oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing. In addition, an at-home fluoride treatment can help prevent cavities and is often recommended for radiation therapy patients.