October is Dental Hygiene Month, which makes sense since most of us consume more candy than usual this month! If you are like me, you avoid buying Halloween candy until the very last moment so you don't end up eating your body weight in miniature chocolate bars!
You may not know this, but dentists are a very important part of your cancer care team. While chemotherapy and radiotherapy commonly cause complications with the mouth, these complications can be a big problem if not taken seriously. In fact, side effects of the mouth and teeth can actually prevent you from getting the full doses of chemotherapy medications on time- possibly decreasing how effective they are.
Check out these tips for great mouth care during cancer treatment:
- Is a Dentist a Part of Your Cancer Care Team?
- FAQs About Mouth Care for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Patient