Certain chemotherapeutic drugs, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or surgery can cause mouth sores to form on the inside lining of your mouth or on your lips.
The mouth sores appear burn-like and can be painful, making it difficult to eat, talk, swallow and breathe. Keep mouth and teeth clean and your mouth and lips moist by frequently rinsing mouth with water.
Use soft-bristle toothbrush (tip: soften even more by placing brush in very warm water) and brush your teeth at least twice a day with an SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) FREE toothpaste like Oral7® Moisturising Toothpaste. Everyday Health suggests rinsing four times daily with a simple mouthwash containing a cup of water, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. If using mouthwash such as Oral7® Moisturising Mouthwash make sure it is alcohol free. We’ve popped both the Oral7® Moisturising Toothpaste and Oral7® Moisturising Mouthwash in Kit.
Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and spicy and acidic foods. Keep your lips moisturised with the Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, 100% natural ( also in Kit.) Always alert your Medical Team to your condition.
For more info and tips check out Everyday Heath: Coping With Chemotherapy Side Effects.
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