Late Effects of Pediatric Cancer Therapy-Dental Effects


Some cancer therapies may have long-term impact on growth and development and should be recognized when caring for pediatric patients. Teeth develop in phases and those who have gotten radiation therapy at different times and in different amounts may have not normal symptoms. Missing teeth and short or missing tooth roots, while not common, may still occur.


Best practices:


  • Caregivers who bring children who’ve received cancer care to a pediatric dentist benefit from updates on growth and development through close monitoring

  • Pediatric dentists may provide a referral to a general dentist or prosthodontist who can assess for future dental rehabilitation needs

  • Dentists and prosthodontists who write a letter to both the dental and medical insurer can create awareness of potential future complex needs.


For more information about late effects of pediatric cancer therapy and oral health, see these resources:



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