Starting Chemo? How Are Your Teeth?

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If you are scheduled for cancer treatment due to a recent diagnosis or relapse, oral health is probably not in the forefront of your concerns. However, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman urges you to give some attention to your teeth to prevent or minimize common cancer-related dental complications. Our helpful, well-trained team is dedicated to assisting our patients in improving their oral health, and taking care of their dental needs and desires.

If you go to the dentist before chemotherapy begins, you can help prevent serious problems with your mouth. Side effects often happen because a person’s mouth is not healthy before chemotherapy starts, so, it’s often a good idea for your dentist and oncologist to talk to each other about your cancer treatment before it begins.

According to the National Institutes of Health, cancer treatment often takes a heavy toll on dental health.

Common Complications of Chemotherapy and/or Radiation

  • Inflammation of the mucous membranes
  • Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
  • Mouth dryness (increases risk of cavities)
  • Poor nutrition due to eating difficulties
  • Mouth pain
  • Oral bleeding
  • Lifelong risk of tooth decay
  • Loss of elasticity of masticatory muscles (may make opening mouth difficult)
  • Bone recession due to decreased blood flow
  • Tooth loss

At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman in Charlotte we want to help you maintain oral health before, during, and after your cancer treatment. We offer comprehensive preventative and restorative dental services including: smile makeovers, sedation dentistry, restorative dentistry.  From cosmetic dentistry and sedation dentistry to adult orthodontics, we offer a wide variety of services to patients of any age.

We extend to our dental patients battling cancer our sincere hopes for your successful treatment. It would be a pleasure to serve your dental needs.

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman:


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1618 E Morehead St Ste 100
Charlotte, North Carolina