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Oral Care for Cancer Patients – Relevance and Practice

At Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, we believe that oral health and hygiene plays a very important role in the comprehensive management of cancer. On occasion of National Oral Hygiene Day, we share with you the importance of oral health care in cancer treatment.

Dental Oncology forms an integral part of cancer care. The dental oncologist manages the oral health issues of a patient before, during and after anti neoplastic therapies in order to provide the maximum benefits in terms of functional and aesthetic outcomes. The goal of oral care is to prevent infections, treat oral pain and manage dental issues during cancer treatment.

Dental abscess during cancer treatment can lead to potentially fatal infections, which makes dental care a crucial factor in improving the overall outcomes of cancer patients. During the last 21 years of my experience, I have observed that the disconnect between dentistry and medicine has contributed to the slow-paced improvement in oral cancer statistics. It is my opinion that interactions between dentists and oncologists need improvement in many countries, including India.

During cancer treatment, dentist can ensure a healthy oral cavity. Early identification and management of oral side effects from treatment, such as mucositis, infection and bleeding of the gums, permits better uptake of treatment and impacts the prognosis. In particular, treatment of oral complications from radiotherapy to the head & neck and after haematopoietic stem cell transplantation have historically shown to improve patients’ wellbeing.

We believe that every individual should be aware of the standard protocols followed for dental care so that we are all better equipped to seek care and most importantly, follow preventive measures.

Below is a brief list of oral health care protocol followed at Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre to ensure the best care to all our patients.

For more details regarding oral hygiene and dental treatment at Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Bangalore, Call: 080-26981000 / 080- 46484401

Blog Post by

Dr. Sudha Sah , Dental Surgeon

Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery


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