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Oral Health for Providers

You can improve your patient’s quality of life and overall outcomes by helping them achieve good oral health. We recognize that not all providers have an oral health or oncology background, so we hope these pages below provide the information you may need. Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to reach out by using the “contact us” form to provide feedback, ask questions, or recommend additional topics. 


Continuing Education

Webinar Title: Prevention and Management of Oral Complications of Cancer Care: Promoting Quality of Life Through Use of Rhode Island Cancer and Oral Health Resources


Course Availability

This educational activity is available for enduring CME credits for nursing, dental hygiene, and social work until December 10, 2025.

Please use the following link for the webinar:

Course Description – 

This educational activity will provide social workers, nurses, dental professionals, and other members of the healthcare team with information about how oral health impacts the patient’s quality of life. Members of the healthcare team will learn of the impact of cancer care on increasing risk for oral health problems, and strategies for prevention and management of dental disease. Web-based resources available to healthcare professionals when working with clients and their families will be introduced.


References – 

  • Hong, C.H.L., Gueiros, L.A., Fulton, J. et al. Systematic review of basic oral care for the management of oral mucositis in cancer patients and clinical practice guidelines. Support Care Cancer 27, 3949–3967 (2019).

  • Villa, A., Akintoye, S.O.. Dental management of patients who have undergone oral cancer therapy. Dent Clin North Am 62 (1), 131-142 (2018).

  • Brennan MT, Treister NS, Sollecito TP, et al. Dental Caries Postradiotherapy in Head and Neck Cancer. JDR Clinical & Translational Research. 2023;8(3):234-243. doi:10.1177/23800844221086563

  • Agarwal, D., Purohit, B., Ravi, P. et al. Effectiveness of topical fluorides in prevention of radiation caries in adults: A systematic review and meta- analysis. Oral Oncology 129, 105869 (2022).


The information on the Rhode Island Cancer and Oral Health Resource Guide, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images, and other external materials are for informational purposes only. The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island does not provide medical advice. The information on this website is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 

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