Prior to cancer treatment, oral health of the patient will be addressed to reduce the possibility of post treatment complications. An experienced dental surgeon will remove teeth with peridontal problems. This will be followed by a thorogh cleaning of the oral cavity.
Risk and Complication
It is highly likely that oral cancer treatment will have side effects and complications. Common complications post treatment include
Mucositis - inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth
Pain and bleeding in mouth
Dehydration and malnutrition, due to difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia).
Injure the glands that produce saliva (xerostomia)
Damage to the muscles and joints of the jaw and neck (trismus)
Reduction in blood vessels and blood supply of the bones of the mouth
Dental diseases like caries or soft tissue complications
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