Q. I am a cancer patient and after my treatment, it messed up my teeth. What do I do to get help?

A.

Dental health is important both during and after cancer treatment, but lack of dental insurance and high out-of-pocket costs can make even a routine dental visit a hardship for individuals already burdened by medical bills. There may be ways to obtain dental procedures or check-ups at a more manageable cost.

  • Dental Lifeline Network offers an online database of free or reduced cost dental services in each state.
  • Indiana University’s Oral Health Care for Cancer Patients provides information and resources related to oral health and cancer.
  • If you have seen a dentist in the past, it may be worthwhile to contact that provider and see if he/she has any recommendations. Offices are sometimes willing to work out a payment plan for more costly services that would potentially allow you to get the procedures or treatment you need.

Lastly, the American Dental Association offers information about dental health after cancer treatment.

If you are looking for more information, resources or support I encourage you to contact our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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