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JADA Article Commentary: Dental Disease Before Radiotherapy in Patients with Head & Neck Cancer

In December 2017, the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) published an article on guidelines for preventive dental care. In it, the authors attempted to bridge a perceived knowledge gap through the development of a clinical registry of dental outcomes in head and neck cancer patients. 

Dr. Bob Wood, oral radiologist and forensic dentist at Princess Margaret Cancer Center, suggests that the article needs a careful interpretation and an appropriate contextualization of the individualized treatment provided to these patients. 

I hope you find the information beneficial and you will share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions with us through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Dr. John O’Keefe 
Director, Knowledge Networks, CDA

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  1. Greg February 19, 2018

    Where can we find the recommended preventive regimen to help manage such patients?

  2. Joanne February 23, 2018

    I too have the same question:
    Where is this information of a preventative regimen so that we can implement it and help our patients?
    Which fluoride do you recommend to use in trays? Are the trays overnight? Can the patient get it over-the-counter? Can it be prescribed?


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