The role of dentistry other than oral care in patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

Hidenobu Matsuzaki, Kumiko Tanaka-Matsuzaki, Fuminobu Miyazaki, Hideki Aoyama, Hiroki Ihara, Norihisa Katayama, Kuniaki Katsui, Kengo Himei, Tetsuo Takeuchi, Tomoo Onoda, Yoshihiro Kimata, Jun-Ichi Asaumi

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The usefulness of dental approaches, such as oral management, has gained recognition among patients treated for head and neck cancer. In particular, oral management plays a very important role before, during, and after treatment in patients undergoing radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of both. However, specialized dentistry knowledge and techniques that are useful for patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer have yet to be reported. Therefore, in this review article, our aim is to introduce dental approaches in radiotherapy for patients with head and neck cancer that have been developed and are currently being used at our institute.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Dental Science Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2017



  • Backscatter effect
  • Dental metal
  • External irradiation
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Radiation therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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