Many types of cancer treatment can cause side effects that affect the mouth area. Taking care of your mouth before, during and after treatment will help protect your teeth, mouth lining and gums, reduce discomfort, and help the mouth area heal more quickly.
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Ask your treatment team
If you are experiencing any issues or if you have any concerns about your mouth health, it is important to tell your treatment team. They may be able to refer to you to an appropriate health professional to help with these issues or concerns.
Health professionals you might see
When you visit a service there are a range of health professionals you may see. There could also be other health professionals you see at this service that are not included below.
Oral health care plan
It is a good idea to see your dentist before you begin your cancer treatment. When you see your dentist, tell them about the type of treatment you will be having so they can develop an oral health care plan.
An oral health care plan sets out any dental work you need before having treatment. It also provides detailed instructions about how to look after your mouth before, during and after treatment to help prevent tooth decay and deal with any oral side effects such as mouth sores.
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