Use a soft toothbrush to clean your teeth twice a day, and rinse with a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water at least four times a day.
- Don’t use commercial mouthwashes that contain alcohol without first asking the doctor. Sometimes they irritate your mouth.
- Avoid tobacco and alcoholic drinks.
- Sip fluids, especially water, and eat moist foods such as casseroles if you have a dry mouth. It may also help to suck on ice chips or frozen pineapple, or chew sugar-free gum.
- Eat blended foods, soups, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, milkshakes and icecreams.
- Moisten foods with butter.
- Use a soft toothbrush.
- Ask your doctor or nurse for information on artificial saliva preparations.
The Cancer Council booklet Food and Cancer has more tips on coping with eating problems. Call the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20) for a copy.