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If you need surgery or treatment, it may be wise to see your dentist. They can assess your dental health, ensuring you do not have existing dental diseases that need treatment and most importantly can help you to plan, ensuring you maintain optimal oral health as this can help to protect your overall quality-of-life. Ensuring that you have a healthy mouth reduces the risk of bacterial buildup in your mouth as these oral bacteria could cause infections and may make it harder to heal and recover successfully. Critically, when your mouth is healthier, it is easier to remain positive and to eat properly, aiding recovery after surgery or treatment.

One recent clinical study assessing people who needed treatment for oral cancer discovered that receiving planned dental care during their treatment enhanced their quality of life. Those patients receiving dental therapies reported feeling more cheerful, and they were more able to eat normally. The therapies included oral hygiene education, fluoride and chlorhexidine treatments, oral hygiene treatments and fillings and extractions. These patients were less likely to have unpleasant symptoms like bleeding, sore gums or a bad taste and an overwhelming percentage found taking care of their mouth during cancer treatment was useful.

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