Desert Mouth – Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
A significant proportion of cancer patients who receive radiation therapy will develop a permanently dry mouth. This is especially common in head and neck patients. And though they may experience some recovery, saliva production may never return to what it was prior to radiation treatment. This leads to a higher risk of caries and can compromise the patient’s overall quality of life.
Dr. Jessica Metcalfe is a General Dentist and Education Director at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto. In this interview with Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at CDA, she outlines the key management strategies for ‘Desert Mouth’ patients, recommends best available treatment options, and stresses the importance of the role of the Family Dentist once the patient goes back to seeing them.
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CDA Oasis Team