Dental Services for Cancer Patients
When you’re diagnosed with cancer, your dental health is more important
than ever. Cancer and its treatments can weaken your immune system, sometimes
causing infection in the mouth, which could delay treatments. And once
patients start receiving cancer treatment, more than one-third have painful
side effects including dry mouth, jaw pain, sensitive gums and mouth sores
– affecting basic functions from talking to eating.
That’s why it’s important to make sure your mouth is as healthy
as possible before you start treatment and as you proceed, especially
with a dentist who’s trained in working with cancer patients.
In early 2018, BRG expanded its cancer program to offer dental oncology
services at the Bluebonnet campus through Clay Couvillon, DDS and the
Dental Oncology Center of Louisiana.
As one of a few dentists in the south who focuses on the dental management
of cancer patients, Dr. Couvillon’s team sees cancer patients with
dental issues including broken or sensitive teeth, dry mouth, side effects
of stem cell transplant therapy, or concerns about their mouth’s
appearance or health. Dr. Couvillon’s program is also beneficial
if you are interested in a thorough dental evaluation but don’t
have an established relationship with a dentist.
Dr. Couvillon practices in the Radiation Oncology area of BRG’s Pennington
Cancer Center every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., located at 8585 Picardy
Ave., Baton Rouge, LA, 70809 near Entrance 3. He also provides services
to BRG cancer patients at his private practice, Sullivan Dental Center
in St. Francisville. For more information, call (225) 635-4422 or visit