Mouth problems can happen for with a number of different types of cancers and a number of different types of treatments.
About Mouth Problems:
Most mouth problems go away after the first few weeks of your treatment finishing, but some can last a lot longer. The chance of you getting mouth problems depends on where your cancer is and what kind of treatment you get. Depending on where your cancer is located around your head or neck you are more likely to have mouth problems. Mouth problems are usually mild but they do affect your every day life with your eating and how the food you eat in general taste. You could lose your appetite and not be able to eat comfortably.
Common Mouth Problems:
- Dry mouth
- Taste changes
- Stiff jaw
- Bad breath
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Mouth infections
- Increase in saliva
- Tooth problems
Trying to prevent these problems is easier then treating them when you get them. You can help prevent these problems by keeping your mouth clean and moist. If you do develop any mouth problems tell your doctor straight away.
Here are some tips that will help you with looking after your mouth:
- Clean your mouth gently in the morning, night and after every meal.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush or a child’s toothbrush.
- Use alcohol free mouthwash.
- Use floss but be very gentle that you don’t damage or hurt your gums.
- If you have dentures clean them in the morning, night and after every meal.
- Use lip balm.
- Make sure you keep your mouth moist so that it does not become dry.