Links between cancer and oral health

Cure Today spoke with Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, D.D.S., chief of the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Oral Health Program, about how treatment for cancer may lead to oral health issues, from acute complications such as sores, to chronic issues such as reduced saliva flow. Dr. Zwetchkenbaum said the presence of a dental team at the cancer treatment center should ensure that such oral health signs and symptoms are discovered early. In places where that’s not possible, patient-dental practice relationships are especially important, he said.

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