and Oral Care
Anti-resorptive medications, colloquially known as "bone strengthening drugs," and some anti-angiogenic medications may be associated with side effects that affect the jaw. To help prevent your risk of developing the associated side effects, it is recommended that you visit a dentist before being administered these medications.
What side effects are associated with anti-resorptive medications?
Medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ), a condition characterized by delayed or abnormal wound healing
Why visiting a dentist before starting these medications is important:
Eliminating any sources of infection and ensuring that your mouth is healthy may help prevent or reduce the oral side effects associated with anti-resorptive medications.
When should you visit a dental oncologist if you are receiving anti-resorptive medications?
Ideally, the best time to visit a dental oncologist is before you receive anti-resorptive medications or anti-angiogenic medications associated with MRONJ. Nonetheless, it is never too late to visit Dr. Levi. If you are currently receiving anti-resorptive medications and have not recently been examined by a dentist, it is recommended that you schedule a dental appointment.