Most of us have known someone or heard of someone that has gone through treatment for cancer. One thing that we may not think about is how radiation and chemotherapy affect our mouths. Both treatments for cancer zone in on diseased cells but they also change normal cells which cause side effects. They have similar oral effects and it’s best to know ahead of time that certain problems may occur and to be prepared as best you can.
Chemotherapy when administered in high doses will affect 2/3’s of patients receiving it with side effects occurring in their mouths. Low doses of chemotherapy will affect the mouths of approximately 1/3 of those receiving treatment