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Tips for Mouth Problems

 

Sore Mouth, Sore Throat

To help keep your mouth clean, rinse often with teaspoon of baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water. Follow with a plain water rinse. Ask your cancer care team about medicines that can help with the pain.

Dry Mouth

Rinse your mouth often with water, use sugar-free gum or candy, and talk to your dentist about saliva substitutes.

Infections

Call your cancer care team right away if you see a sore, swelling, bleeding, or a sticky, white film in your mouth.

Eating Problems

Your cancer care team can help by giving you medicines to numb the pain from mouth sores and showing you how to choose foods that are easy to swallow.

Bleeding

If your gums bleed or hurt, avoid flossing the areas that are bleeding or sore, but keep flossing other teeth. Soften the bristles of your toothbrush in warm water.

Stiffness in Chewing Muscles

Three times a day, open and close your mouth as far as you can without pain. Repeat 20 times.

Vomiting

Rinse your mouth after vomiting with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water.

Cavities

Brush your teeth after meals and before bedtime. Your dentist might have you put fluoride on your teeth to help prevent cavities.

 


 
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