Good oral care is important during cancer treatment. Chemotherapy can cause sores in the mouth and throat. Treatment can also make these tissues dry and irritated or cause them to bleed.
In addition to being painful, mouth sores can become infected by the many germs that live in the mouth. Every step should be taken to prevent infections because they can be hard to fight during chemotherapy and can lead to serious problems.
Here are some tips to help keep your mouth and gums healthy while you have chemotherapy:
Certain foods can injure or worsen your condition. Try to avoid:
If you develop sores in your mouth, try these tips:
If your mouth is really dry, try some of these tips:
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Last reviewed November 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP Last Updated: 12/21/2015