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ROLIM, Ana Emília Holanda; COSTA, Lino João da and RAMALHO, Luciana Maria Pedreira. Impact of radiotherapy on the orofacial region and management of related conditions. Radiol Bras [online]. 2011, vol.44, n.6, pp. 388-395. ISSN 0100-3984. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-39842011000600011.
Head and neck radiotherapy causes countless sequelae in irradiated patients, affecting the stomatognathic system, with significant systemic implications. Sequelae of exposure to ionizing radiation may be extensive and sometimes permanent, particularly in the salivary glands and bone tissue. It is of utmost importance that the surgeon dentist be aware of adverse reactions and appropriate forms of treatment to alleviate discomfort and improve the quality of life of the irradiated patient. Therefore, awareness and motivation of the patient, with promotion of oral health through the adaptation of the oral environment and guidance on preventive measures are essential to get a better prognosis.
Keywords : Head and neck tumors; Radiotherapy; Acute effects; Late effects.