Cancer Patients & Teeth

Chronic Illness and Dental Care

Bradenton Herald

“The story of a cancer patient who abandoned dental care is a familiar one to Dr. Nish Patel of Manatee Advanced Dentistry, who, in his three-year practice, has had a special concern for cancer patients.

Most of Ancona’s dental problems are from four years of not seeing a dentist because her budget was spent on fighting her cancer directly. But some of her problems are due to cancer drugs and surgeries where teeth can be chipped during anesthesia.

“Chemotherapy stops any growth from any cells and makes the teeth completely dry,” [Dr.] Patel said. “Also, it is important for the dentist to fix small cavities.” Bradenton Herald, January 27, 2015

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