Call Us - (972) 214-8696
managing risk factors of the most common chronic diseases through oral health care and education.

Dental Oncology & Cancer

Request Appointment
Office Information
Share This Page!
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Did you know that cancer treatments can affect oral health? Dental oncologists are specialized medical professionals who help patients with their oral health during treatment. Learn more about dental oncology, their role in the treatment journey, and how they help patients through various oral side effects.

What Is a Dental Oncologist?

Oncology is the specialty of medicine that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Most cancer patients will experience oral side effects; this is why a dental oncologist is part of the health care team responsible for treating cancer patients. These trained professionals monitor and treat any oral issues during the treatment. Unlike oncology, this branch of medicine assists with the oral effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Oral Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

How do cancer treatments affect the mouth? Oral side effects can occur during the treatment of various types of cancer. The National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research has reported that patients with cancerous cells in the head and neck area are more likely to experience oral side effects. During chemotherapy and radiation, the fast-growing cancer cells are killed and stopped from growing. Unfortunately, healthy, fast-growing cells in the mouth are affected too. This change in cell growth can cause adverse reactions in the mouth, such as:

  • Mucositis
  • Dry Mouth
  • Oral thrush
  • Loss or changes in taste
  • Difficulty swallowing

When to Meet With Your Dental Oncologist and Sheefa

Cancer is a long journey of treatment and recovery. However, the oral side effects that come with this process are manageable. A dental oncologist helps take care of any oral issues that may arise, improving your or your loved one’s comfortability. Remember to speak to our dentists if you or someone you care for are about to start their treatment process. At Sheefa, we take great pride in helping you plan your oral health goals. We also do pre-therapy assessments and consultations to ensure that your questions and concerns are answered in a timely fashion.

Skip to content