Oral Health Status of Patients Undergoing Treatment for Head and Neck Oncology in Northern Ireland

Ciaran Moore, Simon Killough, Neill Markey, Lewis Winning, Gerald McKenna

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Abstract

This study aimed to collect data on the oral health status of patients undergoing treatment for head and neck oncology across Northern Ireland. Data were collected on all patients referred to the Northern Ireland Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Oncology Team for discussion and treatment planning. Each patient underwent pre-treatment dental assessment in the Centre for Dentistry, Queen’s University Belfast, between June 2013 and November 2014. Data were collected from clinical oral examinations supplemented with intra-oral radiographs. During the course of the study 96 patients were assessed and the levels of dental disease observed in this cohort were high. On clinical examination
43% were diagnosed with caries and 46% with periodontal disease. Ten patients were completely edentate. The disease profile of this patient group presents significant challenges to dental services tasked with rendering patients dentally fit prior to undergoing oncology treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalThe European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry
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Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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