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Keywords:

  • Radiotherapy;
  • dental;
  • complications;
  • xerostomia;
  • prevention

Abstract

Radiotherapy for head and neck tumours is a viable treatment modality. However, a wide range of potentially debilitating dental complications may accompany this treatment. The nature and impact of these complications are outlined in this first part of a two-part article. In Part 2, prevention and management strategies available to the dental practitioner to stave off the dental side effects of radiotherapy will be explored.