Mouth Care

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can lead to mouth sores. It is important to use proper mouth care and clean your teeth and gums. Use these tips to keep your mouth healthy.

Mouth Care Tips:

  • Use saline solution as a mouth rinse after each meal and at bedtime to keep bacteria from growing. You can use more often if desired. To create a saline solution, mix 1 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon baking soda into 1 quart of water
  • Increase your fluid in-take as fluids are an important part of your mouth care
  • Consume foods high in protein such as dried beans, yogurt, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter and poultry
  • Clean teeth and gums thoroughly with a soft toothbrush after meals
  • If you wear dentures, clean them daily and remove them whenever possible. Loose-fitting dentures, in particular, can irritate the mouth and gums
  • See your dentist at least once a year for a cleaning and check-up
  • Ask your healthcare provider about "user-friendly" over the counter mouth care choices
  • Let your doctor know if you notice white patches on your tongue or other areas of your mouth as this may be a sign of thrush

What to avoid:

  • Foods that are hard or crunch, spicy or acidic
  • Commercial mouthwashes that contain alcohol
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco

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