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Rinse your mouth several times a day. Use 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt mixed in 1 quart of warm water. Swish and spit. This helps keep your mouth free of germs.
Use products that coat and protect your mouth and throat. Or use medicines that coat and soothe mouth sores.
Numb your mouth and throat with sprays or lozenges to make eating easier.
Buy an extra soft toothbrush and mild toothpaste.
Gently brush your teeth and gums.
Have your dentist treat any dental problems before your therapy begins.
Drink plenty of water. Take frequent sips or suck on ice chips.
Suck on sugar-free candy and lozenges. Chew sugar-free gum.
Use products that moisten the mouth if your healthcare provider prescribes them.
Apply lip balm to help prevent dry lips.
Don't use mouthwash that contains alcohol.
Try foods that are:
Soft and go down smoothly, such as a milkshake or food puréed with a blender
Served cold or at room temperature
Cooked until tender and cut into small pieces
Don't eat foods that are:
Sharp or crunchy
Hot, salty, or spicy
Acidic, such as citrus fruits
See your healthcare provider if:
You develop mouth sores
Mouth pain keeps you from eating or resting
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