Preventive Dental Home Care Strategies for Patients with Oral Cancer

Patients under treatment for oral cancer, or head, neck or throat cancer, are at risk of several problems that involve the health and comfort of the mouth. Fortunately, there are strategies designed to help reduce the severity of these challenges to oral health and comfort.

Common issues faced by patients under treatment for oral cancer include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Mouth sores
  • Poor healing
  • Mouth infections
  • Increased risk of periodontal disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Trismus, or the limited ability to open the mouth
  • Post intubation pneumonia

Preventive Dental Treatment Recommendations for Oral Cancer

To protect your oral health from harm caused by cancer treatments, we suggest scheduling an extended examination and preventive hygiene appointment with our office. During the appointment, we will examine the current state of your oral health.

We will also offer advice on preventive home care practices you can employ, including:

  • Regular brushing
  • Flossing
  • Chewing medicated gum
  • Selecting the proper mouthwash
  • Conducting regular oral health self-examinations

Contact Dr. David A. Cook, Smiles at France at 612-824-7033 to discuss your unique oral cancer treatment concerns and learn more about preventive strategies.