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Why are some cancer patients more at risk of tooth extractions?

Cancer patients who have existing dental conditions or poor oral health are most at risk for developing dental complications. The risk also depends on the type of cancer, chemotherapy type and frequency, radiation levels, and area affected, as well as your age and overall health.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the first thing you should do before beginning cancer treatment is to see your dentist. After your treatment begins, be sure to check your mouth every day for sores or other changes.

The risk for tooth extractions or other oral health complications as a result of cancer and cancer treatment varies depending upon the course of treatment and type of cancer. For some, chemo or radiation treatment can cause changes in the mouth. Without proper oral hygiene and regular dental screenings and cleanings, there can be complications and problems, such as the need for extractions.

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