Regular Oral Screenings
Because cancer can relocate to other areas of the body (metastasis) and because the mouth is usually a prime location for recurrence, regular oral cancer/oral infection screening is essential.
Patients who have undergone radiation therapy in the head or neck area are susceptible to bone infections (osteonecrosis) associated with tooth extraction, major jaw surgery or implant placement. In the event of necessary oral surgery post-radiation treatment, special precautions including antibiotic treatment is required. Better yet is trying to do all necessary extractions before cancer treatment is begun.
Pre-cancer treatment education and treatment planning, along with education and follow-up post treatment can significantly reduce the complications associated with cancer treatment.