Will having cancer affect my dental health?

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One of the reasons why cancer is such a concerning disease is that it never just causes problems in the actual area of the cancer. Cancer – and its treatments – leads to systemic issues, including oral health issues.

Some of the oral health problems that have been linked to cancer and its treatment include:

  • Increased cavity risk
  • Thinning tooth roots, which can lead to tooth loss
  • Discoloration of the enamel
  • Pits and grooves in the enamel
  • Increased permeability of the enamel, leading to faster staining
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in tastes
  • TMJ
  • Periodontal disease

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, please call our Glendale dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Narra. We’ll evaluate your current dental health and create a plan to help maintain your health as much as possible throughout your cancer treatment so that we can, hopefully, avoid many of these problems.

Dr. Narra understands your stress and your worry right now and knows that dental care may be the last thing on your mind. We want you to understand how interconnected your entire body is and how taking care of other parts of your body will improve your ability to fight the cancer.

Call today to schedule your consultation.
 

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