Archive for July 2017

Chemotherapy and Oral Health


Chemotherapy is used to treat cancer. While it targets cancer cells, it can also have negative effects on normal, healthy cells. Since chemotherapy and radiation treatment target rapidly growing cells, treatment will target cells in the mouth and can adversely affect the healthy balance of naturally occurring oral bacteria. Before beginning treatment, it is important to know that side effects in the mouth can be serious and may even lead to delay or termination of chemotherapy treatment.