Getting your mouth in order – dental hygiene
Two things to think about here:
1. You can’t have dental work done whilst you are on chemotherapy so it is important to get your mouth in order before chemo starts; and
2. Chemo can cause unpleasant side effects in the mouth (such as a dry mouth and throat, metallic and other odd tastes, ulcers, sore gums and bleeding gums) so it is important to take care of/look after your oral health during chemo.
So, to get yourself organised in all things mouth related:
· See your dentist before treatment starts so any dental work is done before chemo starts.
· Gums will be soft and possibly sore, so use a soft toothbrush. I used a small child toothbrush which had very soft bristles.
· Buy some organic toothpaste and mouthwash (or at least mouthwash without alcohol). I used organic aloe vera and tea tree oil toothpaste and mouthwash from my local health shop.
· But corsodyl mouthwash is ok if you have any gum problems during chemo (but best to check with your chemo team).
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