Dental care

Good dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing every day, is important for transplant patients. This is because transplant patients may be at risk from oral infections. You should try to have your teeth checked and cleaned regularly. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, it is a good idea to look inside your mouth daily and check how it feels with your tongue. Some things to look out for include white or red patches, sores or ulcers, dryness in your mouth, a lump, or bleeding gums when you brush. If a dental problem arises or you notice any changes, it is important that you tell your transplant team and dentist right away.

Ask your transplant team how often you should visit the dentist, and speak to them before you make your first dental appointment.

Talk to your doctor or transplant team if you are experiencing any of the side effects listed here, or anything else unusual. They are there to help you on every step of your journey post-transplant.