About 80 Americans receive a new heart, lung, liver, pancreas, kidney or intestine each day, according to the US Government’s OPTN Data Reports. Organ donation saves lives, but a new organ isn’t just a get-out-of-disease-free card.
Like any medical procedure, organ transplants come with side effects. Medicine taken to prevent organ rejection also weakens the immune system, leading to more than 80% of transplant recipients developing least one oral infection, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. If you or a loved one is getting an organ transplant, here are five ways to keep mouth and body healthy before, during and after this life-changing procedure.