Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cancer and Oral Health

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than one-third of all cancer patients develop complications that affect the mouth. These effects can range from mild to severe and may include mouth sores, dry mouth, and/or sensitive gums. Maintaining your mouth before, during, and after cancer treatment could lessen these side effects, so it’s important to make Dr. Fredrick Shaw of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group part of your cancer care team.

Dental care may understandably be the last thing on a patient’s mind, but it’s important to pay attention to basic oral health so that the condition of your mouth doesn’t hinder treatment. Patients undergoing chemotherapy should be aware that it can affect the teeth, gums, salivary glands, and other oral tissues. Though cancer treatment side effects vary from patient to patient, you should always keep your mouth extra clean by carefully brushing with a soft-bristled brush and mild-tasting fluoride toothpaste after every meal. Depending on the side effects the patient experiences, Dr. Fredrick Shaw can develop a treatment plan to make this process as comfortable as possible.

If you have questions regarding oral health, please give us a call. To learn more about Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX, call us at 512-451-7491 or visit our website,

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