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Why should I visit the dentist after chemotherapy treatments?

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Mouth sores are a common side effect, so it's smart to get dental work or cleanings before you start your sessions. You should also ask about good oral care during chemotherapy, like brushing with a soft toothbrush and using an alcohol-free mouth rinse.

SOURCES:

Joan Kramer, MD, medical editor, American Cancer Society.

National Cancer Institute: "Chemotherapy and You."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "After Chemotherapy."

American Cancer Society: "A Guide to Chemotherapy."

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Coping with Chemotherapy."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment."

BreastCancer.org: "Wigs."

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Chemotherapy: What Can Be Done About Side Effects?"

 MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Sexuality & Cancer."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Joan Kramer, MD, medical editor, American Cancer Society.

National Cancer Institute: "Chemotherapy and You."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "After Chemotherapy."

American Cancer Society: "A Guide to Chemotherapy."

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Coping with Chemotherapy."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment."

BreastCancer.org: "Wigs."

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Chemotherapy: What Can Be Done About Side Effects?"

 MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Sexuality & Cancer."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 22, 2018

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