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Oral and dental care during cancer treatment

Patients should brush their teeth 2-3 times a day using a soft nylon brush.

Preferably, fluoride toothpaste should be used, if the patient cannot tolerate it, only water or saline solutions can be used.

They should not use toothpicks and water irrigation devices.

A fibrous diet should be applied to prevent caries development.

If fluoride toothpastes are required, fluoride preparations, neutral fluoride gels and varnishes are recommended.

Lanolin can be used in lip care.

During cancer treatment, necessary emergency conservative treatments can be performed around necessary consultations (by giving importance to platelet count and antibiotic use).

Checks should be made at least every 6 months.

Tooth sensitivity and pain may occur due to decreased saliva secretion and pH level.

Sugar-free gums, candies, sucking tablets, special preparations, mouthwashes or mouth moisturizers can be used for dry mouth.

Fluoride solutions and gels are highly recommended for caries prevention, especially in pediatric patients.

Journal of Dentistry 1/08 Issue 79 Page 42