Cancer affects a great number of people around the world. While there are a number of treatments available to help combat this disease, most have significant oral side effects. This article from the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry) reflects on some of this complications:
Oral complications include salivary gland dysfunction, which leads to dry mouth; rampant dental decay and mouth sores which are painful, diminish the quality of life and can lead to significant compliance problems. According to figures from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), oral complications occur in almost all patients receiving radiation for head and neck malignancies, in more than 75 percent of bone marrow transplant recipients and in nearly 40 percent of patients receiving chemotherapy.
According to recent studies, pretreatment therapy for oral complications can positively affect the outcomes of cancer treatment. "The Academy urges that all members of the cancer treatment team should be fully informed of the treatment plan, with oral care initiated at the outset of cancer treatment," states J. Gordon Wright, Foundation board member.
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Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
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