When you are coping with a cancer diagnosis, your dental health may be the last thing on your mind. But the truth is that your dental health can affect the outcome of your cancer treatment – and your cancer treatment can affect your dental health.
Our office is skilled in providing dental care to patients undergoing cancer treatment. Our dentists have a deep understanding of the issues involved and are compassionate and gentle in her care.
We recommend that if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, come see us before you begin chemotherapy or radiation so that we can assess your current dental health and take care of any necessary treatment now before your cancer treatment affects your immune system.
The Effects of Cancer Treatment on Your Dental Health
Why Dental Treatment Matters
Ideally, people with a cancer diagnosis should see a dentist as soon as possible to get a current health assessment. If decay, gum disease, or other problems are present, we can plan treatment to take place before your cancer treatment begins. In some cases, however, it may be more appropriate to delay treatment until after your chemotherapy or radiation is complete. Dr. Narra will discuss your individual situation with you and create a treatment plan that’s right for you.
If you have active decay or gum disease, treatment now is especially important since chemotherapy and radiation can exacerbate these conditions. We can also provide treatment with fluoride to strengthen your teeth and help them better resist cavities.
We understand that you have a lot on your plate right now. Your dental health still matters. Give us a call so we can help.