IMPORTANT: In issues of oral health and dental care you should ensure your treatment, care, and support is provided by qualified and experienced health professionals. Check the register of the New Zealand Medical Council for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMS) (Click here) and the register of the Dental Council of New Zealand for dentists, and prosthodontists.(Click here) Ensure the right health professional with the rights skills, and expertise is providing advice and services for your safety, health and well being. Be aware that this advice from the Ministry of Health does not include OMS that are registered with the Dental Council ONLY. https://www.govt.nz/browse/health/gps-and-prescriptions/seeing-a-specialist

Dental/Oral Care

We were given a great tip on dental health care for before, during and after radiation treatment by Andrew Sutherland a dentist at Palmerston North Hospital.  Buy a soda stream (SS) and bicarbonate of soda (BOS), add 1 scant teaspoon (tsp) BOS to a 1 litre SS bottle, top up with your choice of water then gas up.  The plain water gassed up is acid and needs the BOS to neutralise the acid to protect your teeth from the effects of acid.  Most other drinks are already acid -  tea, coffee, milk, fizzy drinks, etc so this is a simple, cheap and effective remedy.  Keep it with you to wash out your mouth after acid drinks.

G M Rigg

Dental and Oral Care

Before treatment we advise you to review these resources. We know that head and neck cancer patients can have many dental and oral care issues. We provide resources:

Before Treatment

During Treatment

After Treatment