Before your cancer treatments start, you should visit your dentist. They will examine you and treat any dental problems. Problems like cavities, gum disease, infections, and broken or sharp teeth should be treated or fixed.
If you have dentures your dentist will also check that they fit well and are comfortable.
Your health care team might prescribe medications to help with your mouth symptoms. They may give you a special oral rinse (mouthwash) or tell you to suck on ice chips.
Do not use any other over-the-counter mouth rinses or gels. These may make your pain worse.
If you having trouble eating and you are losing weight, your health care team may refer you to a BC Cancer dietitian.