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Should I avoid mouthwash if I have lung cancer?

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Skip mouthwashes that contain alcohol, which can be drying. Look for an alcohol-free one that has fluoride. If you don’t have any mouthwash, rinse with water regularly, which can clear your mouth and gums of food particles and bacteria. You may want to consider using a mix that has a quarter teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter teaspoon salt in 1 quart of warm water. If you have mouth sores, rinse with plain warm water that has a little bit of salt in it. Your dentist can also prescribe a mouthwash that may help with sores.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy"'; "A Guide to Radiation Therapy."

CDC: “Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss.”

CancerCare/LungCancer.org: "The Importance of Dental Care"; "Managing Oral Mucositis."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Mouth Care for Cancer Patients."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy"'; "A Guide to Radiation Therapy."

CDC: “Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss.”

CancerCare/LungCancer.org: "The Importance of Dental Care"; "Managing Oral Mucositis."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Mouth Care for Cancer Patients."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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