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What can I do if I have dry mouth because of lung cancer treatments?

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Here are a few tips to help with dry mouth during lung cancer treatments:

  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Soaking the brush in warm water will make the bristles even softer.
  • Floss once a day.
  • Rinse your mouth with salt and baking soda four to six times a day, especially after you eat. Add 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and baking soda to 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Try artificial saliva. You can buy it over the counter at a drugstore.
  • Don’t use mouthwashes that have alcohol.
  • Use a cool mist humidifier.

From: Living Your Best With Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Struggling to Breathe: Tips for Managing Dyspnea.”

Roy Castle Cancer Foundation: “Managing Lung Cancer Symptoms: Breathlessness.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Dry Mouth or Xerostomia,” “Family Life.”

University of Arizona Cancer Center: “Tips Before and During Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Anemia & Iron-Rich Foods.”

The University of Pennsylvania, Oncolink:  “Preparing for Your First Day of Chemotherapy.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Struggling to Breathe: Tips for Managing Dyspnea.”

Roy Castle Cancer Foundation: “Managing Lung Cancer Symptoms: Breathlessness.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Dry Mouth or Xerostomia,” “Family Life.”

University of Arizona Cancer Center: “Tips Before and During Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Anemia & Iron-Rich Foods.”

The University of Pennsylvania, Oncolink:  “Preparing for Your First Day of Chemotherapy.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

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