Late Effects of Pediatric Cancer Therapy-Dental Effects
Some cancer therapies may have a long-term impact on growth and development and should be recognized when caring for pediatric patients. Teeth develop in phases and those exposed to radiation therapy at different times and doses may have abnormalities. Missing teeth and short or missing roots, while uncommon, may occur.
Children who’ve received cancer care should see a pediatric dentist who can monitor growth and development
If recommended, obtain a referral to a general dentist or prosthodontist who can assess for future dental rehabilitation needs
Ask the dentist/prosthodontist to write a letter to both the dental and medical insurer to create awareness of potential future complex needs.
For more information about the late effects of pediatric cancer therapy and oral health, see these resources:
Late Effects for Treatment for Childhood Cancer - National Cancer Institute
Prosthodontic management of abnormal tooth development secondary to chemoradiotherapy: a clinical report - Samuel R Zwetchkenbaum, Won-suck Oh
Long-term Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment on Dentition and Oral Health: A Dentist Survey Study from the DCCSS LATER 2 Study - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
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