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Can chemotherapy affect parts of my mouth?

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Some types of chemotherapy can affect your white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. That can affect your gums and the lining in your mouth.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy"'; "A Guide to Radiation Therapy."

CDC: “Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss.”

CancerCare/LungCancer.org: "The Importance of Dental Care"; "Managing Oral Mucositis."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Mouth Care for Cancer Patients."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy"'; "A Guide to Radiation Therapy."

CDC: “Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss.”

CancerCare/LungCancer.org: "The Importance of Dental Care"; "Managing Oral Mucositis."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Mouth Care for Cancer Patients."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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