Cancer has a way of seeping into our lives from every direction. Maybe you or someone you know has been affected by this type of disease. Cancer is frightening, as is cancer treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation are harmful to cancer and harmful to the rest of your body. Your oral health is no exception, but there are some things you can do to help yourself keep your mouth healthy while you work on getting the rest of your body healthy.
Chemotherapy can cause a lot of side effects in your mouth: painful mouth and gums, dry mouth, burning tongue, infection, or a change in taste. Caring for your mouth is paramount because an infection in your mouth can halt your chemotherapy, which is not a good option. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to prevent infection and keep your mouth healthy.
- See a dentist about a month before your chemotherapy begins to create a plan of health
- Keep your mouth moist with ice chips, sugar-free gum, and saliva substitutes
- Soak your toothbrush in warm water and brush after every meal
- Floss every day
- Rinse your mouth with a solution of ¼ tsp of both salt and baking soda in a quart of water. Follow with warm water rinse.
- Eat soft, moist foods when your mouth is in pain
- Avoid sharp, crunchy, spicy, acidic, and sugary foods
If you or someone you know is experiencing a cancer diagnosis, please let us help. No one should walk through this diagnosis alone. Caring for your oral health is one way we can be of assistance. Give us a call to set up your appointment. We are ready to help you walk down this path to a healthier outcome!