Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are cancer treatments that have side effects which can cause discomfort, problems, or even pain in your mouth. Dentists recommend having a thorough dental exam at least two weeks before cancer treatment begins in order to reduce and manage the undesirable side effects.
Before the exam, you should notify the dentist of your health state with cancer and update your medical history. Your dentist should know who your physician is, what your cancer treatment will be, and other aspects of your cancer diagnosis. All this information will help your dentist understand and plan how to treat you, make the right recommendations and support your physician’s treatment plan.