When going through cancer, we often don’t think of including our dental team. Cancer treatments and medications can complicate your oral health and overall recovery.
Medications and radiation to your head and neck can damage your salivary glands causing less saliva production in your mouth. Saliva is important because it washes away food particles, maintains a balance of bacteria, and moisturizes your teeth, gums, and tissues.
Dry mouth (medically called xerostomia) is uncomfortable; makes it difﬁcult to swallow and speak, and can increase your risk for infection and cavities.
But there are ways to manage it.
1 Make an appointment with your dentist.
2 Share your cancer diagnosis, treatments, and medications with the dental team.
3 They can make personal recommendations to manage side effects