Good oral care will help protect your teeth, reduce discomfort and help your mouth heal more quickly.
Before treatment, you can take care of your mouth by:
- eating a balanced, nutritious diet including a variety of foods from the five food groups – fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, meat (or alternatives) and dairy (or alternatives)
- quitting smoking – call Quitline 13 7848 or talk to your doctor
- learning how to care for your mouth during and after treatment – ask your dentist or healthcare team for advice.
During treatment, it may not be recommended to have dental work due to a higher risk of infection and bleeding.
|If possible, see a dentist before starting cancer treatment. You may need to see a dentist to develop an oral care plan. This is especially important if you already have mouth problems or tooth decay, or if you are having high-dose chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant or radiation therapy to the head and neck area.|