Oral and Overall Health
Protect Your Mouth During Cancer Treatment
When Should You Call Your Cancer Care Team About Mouth Problems?
Take a moment each day to check how your mouth looks and feels.
Call your cancer care team when
Tips for Mouth Problems
Sore Mouth, Sore Throat
To help keep your mouth clean, rinse often with 1/4 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.
Rinse your mouth often with water, use sugar-free gum or candy, and talk to your dentist about saliva substitutes.
Call your cancer care team right away if you see a sore, swelling, bleeding, or a sticky, white film in your mouth.
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.
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.
Rinse your mouth after vomiting with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water.
Brush your teeth after meals and before bedtime. Your dentist might have you put fluoride on your teeth to help prevent cavities.
Content from :
Partnership between National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Friends of the NIDCR. Three Good Reasons to See a Dentist BEFORE Cancer Treatment
NIH Publication No. 04-5494
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