Dr. Lichtenstein and his staff understand that cancer patients have different needs when it comes to dental care. Whether you are about to begin cancer treatment, are going through it now, or have finished treatment, your dental health needs special attention and qualified care.
Chemotherapy and radiation can result in “dry mouth”, which can predispose cancer patients to cavities and decay. Your mouth should be as healthy as possible before starting your cancer treatment. There should not be any gingivitis, periodontal diseases (“gum diseases”), and abscessed or infected teeth. Any deep decay should be treated well before beginning your cancer treatment.
PRE CANCER CARE
Before your cancer treatment begins, dental care options from Dr. Lichtenstein include a thorough clinical examination (teeth, roots, gums, bone and a head/neck regional soft tissue exam); appropriate x-rays (to uncover hidden problems, decay, or infection), a discussion on the most beneficial oral hygiene regimen, and a treatment plan to address current or potential problems a cancer patient may face.