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.

Dental/Oral Care

Dental problems are common following treatment for head and neck cancer, particularly if treatment has had an impact on your salivary glands. Saliva helps to remove bacteria from your mouth so when it is not produced, bacteria stays on your teeth for longer, increasing your risk of tooth decay.

To address this it is helpful to take good care of your teeth and gums following your treatment. Oral saliva substitutes can also help. If you are not producing saliva, or you have had radiotherapy, an oral medicine specialist will help you to meet the unique dental and oral health care needs that will arise.

See the information in "During Treatment" for a more in depth look at this 

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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