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Should I get a dental checkup before I start lung cancer treatment?

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Get a dental checkup before you start treatment for lung cancer. Don’t delay your cancer care. If it’s possible, however, try to see your dentist at least a month ahead, in case your mouth needs time to recover from a dental procedure. Your dentist or periodontist should look at your teeth and gums. You may get dental X-rays, too.

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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