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Head Neck Surg. 1979 Mar-Apr;1(4):301-12.

Radiation therapy of the oral cavity: sequelae and management, part 1.

Abstract

This is the first article in a two-part series dealing with the effects and manifestations in the oral cavity of radiation therapy of head and neck tumors. In this section, oral mucous membranes, taste buds, edema and trismus, diet, salivary glands, bone, periodontium, teeth, and composition of oral flora are discussed. Dental management of the dentulous patient is then approached; criteria for preradiation extraction are delineated. In the next issue of Head & Neck Surgery, the final article in this series will discuss preradiation and postradiation extractions and will elaborate on the dental management (fluoride treatments, follow-up, and restorative care) of the dentulous patient. Dental management of the edentulous patient will also be presented.

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