Protect Oral Health During Cancer Therapy

  • Check mouth daily. Look for sores and gums that bleed easily after brushing. Use an extra soft bristle toothbrush to brush in the morning, after every meal and at bedtime.
  • Relieve dry mouth by drinking plenty of water. Also chewing gum, ice chips, sugarless candy and saliva substitutes¬†may help.
  • Avoid using alcohol and tobacco products. Do not use a mouthrinse that has alcohol in it.
  • Rinse mouth several times a day with a mixture of one-fourth teaspoon of baking soda and one-eighth teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water. Afterward, rinse mouth with water.

American Family Physician, 65(7), 1385-1386.

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