Problems with your mouth (oral health) after a transplant are usually related to GvHD and infection or to dental disease that may affect anyone. We have included advice on the problems and what to do about them here. Regular visits to the dentist are important: typically every 6 months is recommended if you have cGvHD of the mouth and yearly otherwise. However, the time between dental ‘check- ups’ will depend on your situation. You will be routinely referred to the dental school at one year post transplant.
You can also have access to the dietician at any time after transplant. This can be a simple telephone conversation or a clinic appointment if you and the dietician feel it necessary. Please see the booklet eating well after your transplant. This also has tips for mouth care and gives you ideas of how to increase you’re calorie intake.
The mouth is unique in the body in that it includes hard tissues – the teeth – and soft tissues including the tongue, lips and cheeks. It is important for many activities of day-to-day living including smiling, speaking, chewing, drinking, the sense of taste and swallowing. A sore mouth can have a very negative impact on quality of life.
The information provided here covers a range of topics that aim to help you recognise the importance of good oral health and to provide an overview of some of the key issues involved. Five areas are covered:
- The aim of oral healthcare
- Oral health problems
- Blood cancer treatment – making the mouth more comfortable
- Return to routine oral healthcare
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