Got Dry Mouth?



got dry mouth?

Xerostomia, the medical term for dry mouth, is a common side effect of head and neck radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Radiation doses of 25 Gy or greater are associated with reduced salivary flow and function. Saliva acts as a natural buffer in the oral cavity, bathing the oral tissues and teeth. Thus, reduced salivary flow can result in an increased risk for dental decay (cavities).

Tips to Combat Dry Mouth

Hydrate hydrate hydrate. Drinking fluids (water is best) will help keep your mouth moist and clean. Additionally, staying hydrated will help thin the mucus and ropey saliva.


xerostomia

Sauces, Gravy, Soups. Choose to eat foods with broth, soup, sauces or gravy.


dry mouth, radiation treatment

Soft Moist Foods. Choose soft-cooked chicken and fish over dry meats.


dental oncology

Mist. Sleep with a humidifier.


cancer dentist, Lauren Levi, DMD

Artificial Saliva. Consider over the counter salivary substitutes.

Olive Oil. Rubbing olive oil on your oral tissues may provide some relief.