|2nd Cancer Opinion
provides opinions regarding Breast, lung, colon,
prostate and ovarian cancers, lymphomas, melanomas, and other solid
|*1st 1/2 hour
session is at no additional charge.
Side Effects of
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Incontinence - Urinary
Dryness of the Mouth
Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances
Nausea & Vomiting
Spinal Cord Compression
Shortness of Breath
Sleep Problems (Insomnia/Oversleeping)
|A Healthy Mouth
Symptom and Description Your mouth
has an important role to play in keeping you healthy. Cancer and
cancer treatment can sometimes cause a sore mouth. There are
things you can do now to keep your mouth healthy.
Learning Needs You will need to learn:
- How to keep your mouth clean and moist
- What to avoid that may be irritating
- When to see the dentist
Prevention How to keep your mouth clean and moist:
1. Brush your teeth within 30 minutes after eating and at bed
- Use a soft-bristle, narrow nylon toothbrush and a sodium
bicarbonate (baking soda) toothpaste with fluoride added.
- Dip the bristles in very warm water to make them softer.
- Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the junction of
the gums and teeth.
- Brush all of the outside surfaces of the teeth using short
back and forth or circular strokes. Brush the inside
surfaces using only the tip of the brush. Brush the chewing
surfaces with a back and forth motion.
- Gently brush your gums, tongue, and top of mouth.
2. If you wear dentures, remove and brush them as described
- Soak them for several minutes in an effervescent denture
cleanser (the kind that bubbles) or flavored 1.5% hydrogen
- Rinse well.
- Do not wear dentures that do not fit well. Contact your
dentist to have them adjusted or relined.
- Do not wear your dentures at night.
3. Floss your teeth at least once daily after brushing.
- Cut a piece of dental floss 18 inches long.
- Wrap the ends loosely around your middle fingers, leaving
a few inches of floss exposed between those fingers.
- Guide the floss with the thumbs of both hands to clean the
upper teeth and with the index (first) fingers to clean the
- Gently force the floss between the teeth—from your gum
line to the top of each tooth.
- Floss both sides of each tooth using a gentle up-and-down
4. Rinse your mouth after brushing and flossing.
- Use tap water, salt solution (half teaspoon of salt in 8
ounces of water), a mouthwash containing less than 6%
alcohol, or flavored 1.5% hydrogen peroxide (Peroxamint) or
1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water.
- Use your cheeks to swish the solution all around your
mouth for 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Keep your lips moist.
- Use cocoa butter, petroleum jelly, lipstick balm or
lipstick, or a water-based mouth moisturizer.
- Apply plenty of moisturizer to your lips and mouth
What to avoid that may be irritating:
- Lemon and glycerine swabs
- Mouthwashes that contain more than 6% alcohol
- Foods and drinks that are hot, spicy, or acidic
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Excessive alcohol
When to see the dentist:
- Visit your dentist at least every year to have a check-up
and teeth cleaning.
- Make an appointment to see your dentist before you start
cancer treatment or for any tooth pain.
Follow-up Report the following to your doctor or nurse:
- Soreness or pain
- Cracks, ulcers, blisters, white patches
- Temperature greater than 101.3° F