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I have an infected tooth, obvious as there is pus at the gum. 

I have called cancer helpline and was told my oncology nurse will call back.  not heard anything. my question is can I go to a dentist and if he gives me antibiotics can I safely take them to kill this infection?

or will this affect my next chemo?

  • Hi HFD 

     As a support line service, we are always happy to support with generalised cancer information, signposting to services and for emotional support. However, we have no access to NHS records or face to face staff to be able to offer individual assessment.

    In answer to your question, yes, please do call your dentist today for an urgent check-up, being on chemotherapy increases the risk of an infection becoming more serious wherever it may start from. You may need to be prescribed antibiotics; your dentist will know the best ones for you.

    If your dentist cannot fit you in today, please call NHS 111 and explain that you are on chemotherapy with signs of a dental infection.

    I hope this information is helpful, and that you manage to get an appointment today without too much hassle.

    Best wishes

    Gemma J, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 

     You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email.