Dry Mouth – Xerostomia

One doesn’t typically think of saliva and its important role in the mouth. It is one of the bodily functions people take for granted. But when cancer treatments impact saliva production, quality of life can be affected.

Without enough saliva, taste, swallowing, and speech can be affected. Fluid and food intake can then become limited, and one’s overall oral health can be compromised.

We put together a couple of tips provided by other Belongers on managing dry mouth symptoms and what helps them to find relief.

Tips provided by our Belongers

  • Sip water regularly
  • Suck ice chips or sugar-free popsicles or ice cream, specifically when receiving chemotherapy
  • Eat frozen fruit like grapes
  • Keep food moisture by adding yogurt, sauces, dressings, gravies, a little butter, or margarine. >> Take small bites and try to eat soft foods.
  • Avoid acidic, hot, or spicy foods
  • Use a straw to drink liquids
  • Gargle frequently with a pinch of salt and bicarb of soda
  • Use a mouthwash or spray recommended by your doctor or pharmacist
  • Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol
  • Use an artificial saliva spray if available
  • Suck hard candy
  • Maintain good oral health routines
  • Take care of your gums by brushing with a soft bristle brush
  • Avoid food and drinks containing a lot of sugar to avoid cavities
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol

This content is provided for your general education and information only. It does not necessarily reflect Belong’s views and opinions. Belong does not endorse or support any specific product, service, or treatment.

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