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Oral hygiene 

Oral hygiene
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Oral hygiene
Author(s):

Petrina Sweeney

and Andrew Davies

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199543588.003.0006
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date: 22 October 2019

Chapter 6 discusses how maintenance of good oral hygiene is important for all patients with cancer, and especially for patients receiving systemic chemotherapy and/or head and neck radiotherapy, and that poor oral hygiene is associated with morbidity per se (e.g. halitosis), as well as the development of other oral problems (e.g. periodontal disease) and certain systemic problems (e.g. aspiration pneumonia). Additionally, poor oral hygiene can lead to associated psychosocial consequences, direct morbidity from anti-cancer treatment (e.g. oral mucositis), and indirect mortality from anti-cancer treatment (e.g. septicaemia).

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