Maintenance of oral health after the completion of cancer therapy
Chronic oral complications may develop after the completion of cancer therapy and affect the teeth, the oral mucosa, the jaw bones, the temporomandibular joint and the masseters. The type and severity of complications depend on the type and mode of cancer therapy and on the status of each patient. Some treatments may continue for long periods of time and are related with more particular complications, which also need a specialized management. In other cases the patient is at risk for the development of second cancer or recurrence in the oral cavity.
Chronic oral complications may adversely affect the quality of life of the cancer survivor as well as the systemic health. Oral functions, such as the food intake, swallowing, speech and communication with family and the work environment are negatively affected, too. The patient looses weight, has problems with sleep and feels tired and unhappy. The necessary oral care may become difficult.
Oral supportive care after the completion of cancer therapy can maintain the good quality of life and can prevent or reduce the severity of chronic oral complications. The regular dental follow up can also initiate an early diagnosis of a recurrence or a new second cancer in the mouth, leading to the effective management.
We are appropriately educated and we have the knowledge and experience to care and support your mouth after cancer therapy.
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