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The mouth may be affected by certain medications or dosages used for chemotherapy and by radiation therapy of the head and neck. It is important to schedule a complete dental exam and complete all recommended treatment prior to starting cancer therapy.


  • Mucositis, causing pain, redness, swelling and burning in the mouth.
  • Damage to tooth enamel
  • Sore, stiff jaw.
  • Generalized mouth pain.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Altered taste sense
  • Bacterial, yeast or viral infections in the mouth.
  • Tooth decay due to radiation therapy.


  • Schedule a thorough dental exam and complete all recommended treatment before beginning therapy.
  • Strictly follow the oral hygiene routine recommended by your dentist.
  • Brush teeth twice a day with a high-fluoride concentrated toothpaste prescribed by a dentist.
  • If dry mouth is a problem, drink at least eight glasses of water a day, suck on ice chips, and chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy to produce saliva.
  • Remove dentures if they cause pain.
  • Maintain regular; periodic dental cleanings that include a fluoride varnish application by a professional hygienist.
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