Dental Health Tips from the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society

Posted on April 15, 2010


Dental Health is an important part of cancer treatment. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has released a series of fact sheets for patients, caregivers and professionals about leukemia and lymphoma. The fact sheet titled Food and Nutrition Facts provides information about dental health and cancer.

Dental care and nutrition are interrelated. Poor dental hygiene can get in the way of eating well, and poor nutrition can impact your dental health. Here are some tips from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society about maintaining dental hygiene.

  1. If possible, you should see a dentist before beginning cancer treatment.
  2. Continue good dental health by brushing your teeth and using prescribed mouthwash.
  3. Check your mouth daily for any problems.
  4. Consult your dentist and oncologist as soon as possible if you develop any dental problems including tooth, mouth or jaw pain.
  5. Check with your doctor that specializes in cancer (oncologist), about your oral hygiene. They may be able to refer you to a dental oncologist who specializes in treating people with cancer.
  6. Make sure to ask your doctor or dentist about any questions you have and for tips and suggestions about oral hygiene.

For more information, check out the Office of Oral Health at the Boston Public Health Commission or for assistance obtaining dental care in Boston, contact the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.