It all starts with Oral Health!
Oral complications may adversely affect the quality of life of the patient with cancer and have a negative effect on the success of the cancer therapy, while they increase the cost of the oncology treatment.
The Dental Oncologist can contribute to the prevention and stabilization of the oral health before the initiation of cancer therapy, during cancer therapy, and after the completion of therapy. Dental Oncologist knows the necessary protocols and can take the appropriate dental treatment decisions in collaboration with the physician oncologist of the patient.
Dental Oncologist also knows the potential side effects for the mouth and jaws of chemotherapy, biological, targeted therapies, antiresorptives, inhibitors of angiogenesis and mTOR and other oncological medications or drugs that the patient may use, depending on his condition and co-morbidities.
Dental Oncologist will protect the teeth and the jaws from the effects of xerostomia, will prevent the development of dental caries and will reduce the risk for oral mucositis, fungal, herpes or bacterial infections, gingival bleeding, and osteonecrosis of the jaw.
The performance of daily meticulous oral care is necessary to maintain the mouth clean and wet.
The clinical practice guidelines for the oral care include:
1. Before the initiation of cancer therapy: Dental assessment of the condition of the mouth and jaws. Stabilization of dental problems and education of the patient to perform his oral care.
2. During cancer therapy: Intensive oral care continues. We use neutral mouthwahes, such as chamomile and we drink adequate quantities of water. The dentist encourages the patient to perform his oral care. If we feel any pain in the mouth, we must inform our oncologist and our dental oncologist, who will collaborate and assess the dental problem.
3. After the completion of cancer therapy: Meticulous oral care continues and is necessary. We are advised to visit our dentist on a regular basis and maintain our gums and teeth clean. If we feel any pain in the mouth, we inform our oncologist and our dental oncologist. They will assess our problem and make the best dental treatment decision for us. Regular dental examination will contribute to the prevention of chronic dental complications and side effects of the cancer therapy.
It all starts and continues with oral health!
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