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Postoperative radiation therapy for the mouth

Follow-up

The patient will have regular follow-up with the radiation therapy department.

Side effects of radiation therapy:

Acute

  • Mucositis
  • Salivary gland dysfunction
  • Dry mouth due to reduced saliva secretion
  • Taste disturbances
  • Pain
  • Thick spit
  • Fungal infection

It is very important to have good follow-up of the mouth and nutritional status.

Late

  • Salivary gland dysfunction
  • Dry mouth
  • Taste disturbances
  • Tooth decay
  • Periodontal disease
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Trismus

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