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9th Edition of International Conference on Dentistry
and Oral Health

September 02-04, 2024 | Madrid, Spain

September 02-04, 2024 | Madrid, Spain
ICDO 2021

Shima Chundoo

Shima Chundoo, Speaker at Oral Health Conferences
Birmingham Children’s Hospital, United Kingdom
Title: A literature review on the oral and dental manifestations in paediatric oncology patients using PRISMA guidelines


Background and Aims: There are 1,878 new cancer diagnoses in children in United Kingdom. Oral infection or disease can be a serious contraindication to progression of further surgical treatment and quality of life.

The aim of this review is to evaluate current research in oral health complications associated within the paediatric oncology patient population. The secondary aim is to raise awareness of the need for dental care in this vulnerable cohort and highlight oral complications and treatment modalities available.

Methodology: PubMed literature review with use of PRISMA guidelines. Search terms: paediatric oncology and dentistry and oral or dental. 1,511,086 results found. Articles filtered for randomised controlled trials, metanalysis, systematic review, reviews and clinical trials (N=104,374). Articles filtered by age range and human species (N=15,353). Articles filtered for English language (N=14,767). Articles screened for full text (N=5,793). Articles screened by title (N=21). Articles screened by abstract (N=17). Inclusion criteria limited to patients aged 18 and under.

Results: Critical appraisal of all included literature was completed, examining hierarchy of evidence, patient contact, author, type of study. In total, there were 4 randomised controlled trials, 7 reviews, 4 studies and 2 systematic reviews. Dental implications ranged from oral mucositis, candidiasis and gingivitis. Agenesis was seen most in children undergoing chemotherapy. Significant oral implications associated with haemopoietic stem cell transplants. Lymphocytic leukaemia is mostly associated with paediatric patients and oral implications. Treatment modalities examining cryotherapy and lasers for mucositis have been recommended.

Conclusion: The oral implications associated with cancer diagnosis, treatment and therapy are significant. It is imperative to manage each paediatric patient as holistically as possible. Members of oncology team should recognise oral health complications and implement appropriate management, symptomatic relief or referral to specialist. Further research into reporting of oral manifestations and possible interventions are needed to establish a standardised oral health care model for paediatric oncology patients.


Shima Chundoo studied Dentistry at the University of Birmingham and graduated as Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2016. She achieved her MFDS postgraduate qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2018. Shima completed foundation training within the City Scheme of HEE West Midlands Deanery. After completing Dental Core Training years 1 and 2 at Shrewsbury and Telford Trust, Shima is currently a Dental Core Trainee 3 in Paediatric Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Shima is due to start work as an NHS regional clinical fellow in leadership and management from September.