Dental check-up and cancer treatment

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It is important to visit the dentist for a check-up before beginning cancer treatment. Read on for information on the importance of a check-up and dental cleaning before treatment.

Key points

  • If there is time, you should see your dentist for a check-up and cleaning before starting cancer treatment.
  • Some cancer treatments and side effects may damage your teeth.
  • Your dentist will give you tips to help care for and protect your teeth during treatment.

Why do I need a dental check-up before treatment?

Before treatment starts (if there is time), it is important to visit the dentist for a check-up and to have your teeth cleaned. Check-ups are also important during treatment because some therapies or side-effects (such as vomiting) can damage your teeth.

  • Chemotherapy lowers your body’s ability to fight infections. Dental check-ups and cleaning remove sources of infection that are common in your mouth. This will help you stay healthier during treatment.
  • If you have a cavity or any other problem it will likely be recommended that you get them fixed before starting treatment.
  • If you have braces, you may need to have them removed before starting treatment since they can be a source of infection in the future.

When you visit the dentist, let them know what type of treatment you will be having. They will be able to give you tips for protecting and caring for your teeth.

Last updated: September 3rd 2019