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Proper dental care imperative for patients undergoing chemotherapy
Updated: 3/25/2010 7:00:35 PM

Proper dental care imperative for patients undergoing chemotherapy It is becoming increasingly well known that regular visits to the dentist can not only help people avoid dental health problems, but can also prevent more general health issues, such as cardiovascular disease or infection.

However, as Dr Steven McConnell points out, there is an even closer link between oral health and general welfare for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

McConnell, who is an expert dentist for Smart Now, a wellness information site, believes there are a few key dental care tips for those who experience the side effects associated with chemotherapy.

As teeth become weaker and more susceptible to decay, McConnell recommends that patients use alcohol-free anti-bacterial mouth rinses and specialized tooth pastes. He also proposes that people undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy avoid any products that promote dryness, and utilize a toothbrush that has soft bristles.

Although cancer patients are often told by their oncologist to not go to the dentist during treatment, McConnell states that it is crucial to receive dental care soon after stopping chemotherapy.

"The link between oral health and overall health is now well documented," said McConnell. "Establishing optimum oral health is important for everyone at any age. After cancer treatment it is imperative."

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