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6. Mouth Sores



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mouth sores

the following are important points that

we would like to talk about in the next

few minutes sores in the mouth can occur

a few days after your treatment you can

prevent mouth sores by keeping your

mouth moist clean and free from injury

if you develop mouth sores notify the

cancer care team prescription

mouthwashes

are available to help with pain or

discomfort some patients may experience

mild sores during their treatment you

may also hear members of your cancer

care team calling mouth sores stomatitis

or mucositis mouth sores may happen a

few days after you start your cancer

medication and can be painful sores can

develop on or under your tongue on your

gums on the inside of your cheeks or

even down your throat making it hard to

swallow eat drink or brush your teeth

mouth sores can last several days or

sometimes longer so we believe it is

important to take preventative measures

starting your very first day of

treatment and continued throughout

therapy to prevent melt sores keep your

mouth as moist clean and free from

injury as possible to keep your mouth

moist drink plenty of liquids throughout

the day if your mouth continues to be

dry sugarless candies or gums may be

helpful you can also try some of the

store-bought products that are designed

for people with frequent dry mouth they

can be purchased in pharmacies and can

come as sprays for the mouth swaths

specialize candies or gels speak to your

community pharmacist for their

recommendation about these products keep

your mouths clean continue to brush your

teeth at least twice a day and use a

bland mouthwash regularly before any

pain or mouth sores can occur we

encourage you to start using the

mouthwash throughout the day right away

rinse and swish a small amount about one

tablespoonful for 30 seconds after

brushing meal

and at bedtime then spit it out a simple

blind mouthwash can be prepared with

baking soda and or salt for example add

1/4 teaspoon full of baking soda and 1/4

teaspoon full of table salt into one cup

of water stir to mix a fresh batch of

this homemade rinse should be made

everyday if you prefer not to make your

own mouthwash you can buy a store-bought

product look for a mouth rinse that is

alcohol free sometimes common brands and

mouthwashes such as Listerine and scope

can contain alcohol look carefully at

their ingredient labels mouth washes

with alcohol can be drying and

irritating to the mouth be gentle on

your lips gums and mouth keep your lips

moist and use lip balms that are

designed for sensitive skin to brush

your teeth use toothbrushes that have

soft bristles old toothbrushes should be

replaced if you regularly floss your

teeth you can continue flossing and do

not use unwaxed floss avoid flossing if

gums are bleeding or painful stay away

from sharp or coarse foods such as hard

crackers or toast spicy foods acidic

foods tobacco and alcohol can also

irritate a sensitive mouth and should be

avoided if you were dentures make sure

they fit properly so they do not

irritate your gums have loose dentures

adjusted by your dentists brush and

rinse your dentures after eating and

remove them when you sleep should you

develop pain or sores in the mouth

difficulty swallowing or a sore throat

let the cancer care team know a

prescription mouthwash may be required

to provide pain relief for a few days

if your doctor provides your

prescription mouthwash use it to swish

and gargle to coat the affected areas

giving you pain if your throat is also

affected by the sores ask your cancer

care team if you can swallow your

medicated mouthwash after you have used

the medicated mouthwash wait 15 minutes

before eating or drinking once the sores

have healed and you no longer have pain

you can stop the mouthwash while you are

treating the sores it remains a good

idea to use your daily bland mouthwash

to keep your mouth clean and moist

to summarize sores in the mouth can

occur a few days after your treatment

prevent mouth sores by keeping your

mouth moist clean and free from injury

if you develop mouth sores notify the

cancer care team prescription

mouthwashes are available to help with

pain or discomfort do you have any

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