What is Dental Oncology
Dental Oncology is the focus of dentistry dedicated to meeting the unique dental and oral health care needs that arise as a result of cancer therapy. It is devoted to improving the well-being and quality of life of people battling cancer. Dental Oncology goes beyond the scope of general dentistry to include the treatment and management of the soft tissues of the mouth and care for oral side effects specific to cancer therapy.
Dental Oncology professionals work closely with primary medical and oncology providers to provide pre-treatment oral assessments, supportive care before, during and after cancer therapy and collaborative protocols to ensure the highest level of oncology treatment success for patients.
As patients transition into long-term survivorship care, Dental Oncology focuses on addressing the specific oral health needs as a result of late effects of primary oncological treatment.
It also emphasizes oral cancer prevention, early detection and a year-round platform of awareness and education for the public on the topic of the shifting demographic of oral cancer diagnosis patients due to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).