Should I see a dentist when I have cancer?

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We know that if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, your dental health is probably the last thing on your mind. The fact is, though, that cancer – and its treatment – can have a drastic impact on your dental health, and we want you to still have a healthy smile both during your treatment and after.

If you’ve received a cancer diagnosis, please contact our office to schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Narra. Her experience treating patients with cancer and her compassion will both be valuable as you begin this journey.

Some of the areas Dr. Narra will focus on during your treatment will include checking for active areas of decay and any gum disease. Even if you do not currently have gum disease, it’s still important for Dr. Narra to see you so that she can see your baseline oral health.

Many of the treatments used for cancer, especially chemotherapy and radiation, can have a detrimental effect on your health, particularly your periodontal health. Side effects of these treatments often include dry mouth, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. These treatments also lower your immune response, which can allow bacteria to multiply unchecked and cause fungal infections like thrush.

These conditions may seem like small issues compared to the big picture, but they can seriously affect your quality of life.

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