July 3rd, 2017
Some chemotherapy drugs create a small but serious risk of jawbone damage, known as osteonecrosis (ONJ). This condition is most likely to develop if a tooth requires removal, a dental infection develops, or gum disease is present. The best way to guard against this potential side effect is to have a dental evaluation prior to starting any chemotherapy treatment. Discussing oral health with an oncologist and dentist prior to treatment can help eliminate unnecessary complications.
Facing cancer involves many challenges, but our team is here to help you manage your oral health before, during, and after your therapy. Healthy teeth will add to the richness of the years beyond your treatment, so together we can develop short and long-term strategies for optimal wellness. Please feel free to discuss any concerns or questions you may have, and encourage your loved ones to maintain their oral health through their cancer care.