Kris Potts 817.975.9446

Tips for Managing Oral Mucositis

Good oral hygiene is essential!

  • To keep your teeth and gums clean, use an ultra-soft toothbrush and clean the teeth in between regularly
  • Brush your teeth gently with toothpaste or gel that has a mild/no flavor and is SLS free
  • Suggest many alternatives currently available to prevent oral issues and provide relief and comfort when they do arise.
  • Replace your toothbrush often
  • Use lubricating mouth rinse to help keep your mouth moist
  • If you wear dentures, clean them daily
  • Watch what you eat and drink
  • Eat bland, soft foods
  • Avoid foods that are acidic, spicy, coarse, extremely hot, or extremely cold
  • Increase the amount of liquids you drink with meals to stay hydrated
  • Avoid constant sipping
  • Drink with a straw to help avoid any sores on your tongue
  • Do not consume alcohol
  • Do not use tobacco products

Common symptoms of oral mucositis include:

  • Mouth and throat soreness (often with redness)
  • Burning feeling in mouth and throat
  • Ulcers on mouth, gums, cheeks, tongue, lips, and throat
  • Discomfort when eating, swallowing, or talking

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