What can a patient with cancer do about dry mouth?

One of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment is xerostomia (dry mouth). It’s an unpleasant sensation caused by a reduced production of saliva in the mouth. This condition can increase the risk of developing tooth decay and can also cause a burning or painful feeling on the tongue and all around the mouth.

If you have cancer, you should clean your teeth and mouth at least four times a day, and floss at least once a day. If there are areas in your gums that are bleeding or that are sore, floss gently around them.

You also need to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, in order to give a higher protection to your teeth against cavities. You can rinse your mouth with a solution of baking soda and salt in warm water several times a day, and this followed by rinsing with water alone. Other commercial mouthwashes may also be used to rinse your mouth, but as long as they don’t contain alcohol.

Full article: Cancer Treatments and Oral Health
In French: Que faire si on est atteint du cancer et on souffre de bouche sèche?


2 thoughts on “What can a patient with cancer do about dry mouth?

  1. Try Nuvora’s soft lozenge for oral hygiene, Salese. It is specially formulated for Dry Mouth sufferers. The key to it’s success is it’s slow dissolving technology which allows the ingredients to be in the oral cavity for a an hour or more. The benefits include normalizing pH, inhibiting the formation of volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath and the impeding of the biofilm that becomes plaque.

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