Many St. Jude patients visit the Dental Clinic during therapy. Dental problems can cause serious complications while in treatment. Radiation to the head affects the salivary glands and cavities can cause complications for a bone marrow transplant patient. The Dental Services staff works hard to put children at ease and make their visit enjoyable.
The Dental Clinic staff performs many procedures a year. Some of these procedures and services are:
- Clinical research on immediate and long term oral problems, including late effects of therapy.
- St. Jude staff and community education.
- Consultation for community dentists.