Dental care is increasingly being recognized as an important part of the care that people with cancer receive. Dentists at NYU College of Dentistry collaborate with cancer providers at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, particularly those treating head and neck cancers and diseases requiring bone marrow transplants, to ensure that dental exams are given before the start of cancer treatment.
“Our dental students already learn about cancer in their oral medicine and pathology courses—but now, it’s no longer just something they read about in their textbooks, which is unique for a dental school,” says Denise A. Trochesset, DDS, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine at NYU College of Dentistry.
“Fortunately, intervening early to eliminate infection can minimize complications during the course of therapy,” says Dalal Alhajji, DMD, MSD, clinical instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine.
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