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Chemotherapy and Mouth Care

Written by Mystic on Monday, August 04, 2008

Mouth care

Some chemotherapy drugs can cause a sore mouth or small mouth ulcers. Good oral hygiene will help to minimise problems and if mouth ulcers become infected, treatment can be given to help clear the infection.

  • Clean your mouth and teeth gently every morning, evening and after each meal.
  • Remove and clean dentures every morning, evening and after meals. Rinse mouth after removing dentures.
  • If toothpaste stings or brushing makes you feel nauseous, try a mouthwash of bicarbonate of soda instead. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate in a mug of warm water.
  • Use dental floss, with care, daily.

If you have a dry mouth it may help to:

  • Sip fluids frequently, especially water, and eat moist foods;
  • Keep your lips moist by using vaseline or lip balm.
  • If your mouth is not sore, eating fresh pineapple chunks can help to keep it fresh and moist.

Discuss any dental problems with your doctor and when visiting your dentist let him know you are having chemotherapy. Undergoing dental work during treatment is generally not recommended.

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