Will chemotherapy give me mouth ulcers?
Yes... it may. The cells in your mouth are fast growing cells. Remember that chemotherapy affects fast growing cells.
Ways to avoid mouth ulcers:
- Check for changes by monitoring your mouth morning and evening and use the grading scale to contact the doctor when indicated.
- Mouth washes should be done after each meal and before going to bed at night.
- Increase the frequency of mouth washes if the condition of your mouth worsens, and consult the nursing staff for further advice.
- Keep lips moist.
- Keep your mouth clean and moist.
- Remove dentures before mouthwashes, clean them and your gums before putting them back in again.
- Avoid alcohol based elixirs and commercial mouthwashes as these might dry your mouth out and make things worse.
- Use a soft tooth brush to prevent trauma. This should be regularly replaced.
- Avoid flossing only if platelets count is below 40.
- Avoid food that may cause trauma to your mouth (very hot/cold beverages, sharp chips).
- Some medications in combination with chemotherapy can cause problems with your jaw. Please tell your doctor or nurse if you experience any jaw pain.
- Consult your doctor before seeing a dentist during treatment.
- Salt: One teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water.
- Sodium Bicarbonate: One teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to one cup of warm water.