What Else Can You Do With An Oncology Mouthwash?

What Else Can You Do With An Oncology Mouthwash?

If you’re suffering from dry mouth thanks to radiation treatments or chemotherapy, your oncologist may advise you to pick up some artificial saliva or a specially formulated oncology mouthwash.  Depending on the exact variety, you can expect something that soothes mouth sores, kills harmful bacteria, and otherwise lubricates the mouth to make it easier to bite, chew, and swallow food.  But what happens once the treatments end and you get your saliva back? Read more

The Dry Mouth Diet

The Dry Mouth Diet

Dry mouth is a condition that many people experience as a result of radiation treatments to the mouth and throat, certain chemotherapy drugs, and several other medications.  Also known as oral mucositis, dry mouth happens when the body stops producing enough saliva to properly coat the teeth and tongue and help with chewing and swallowing.  That’s why the American Cancer Society has a list of foods on their website that those with dry mouth should prefer and avoid so long as their condition persists. Read more

Is There Such A Thing As A Healing Spray?

Is There Such A Thing As A Healing Spray?

In science fiction settings, you often see medicine that works immediately, especially when it comes to first aid.  Evidently, in the future healing a wound becomes as easy as tapping someone’s arm with an injector or spraying them with a healing mist.  But is such a thing ever really possible? Read more

How The Mayo Clinic Treats Dry Mouth

How The Mayo Clinic Treats Dry Mouth

The Mayo Clinic has one of the best sites on the internet for finding more information about diseases and learning what you can do about them.  Dry mouth is naturally on the big list, and the website has several different things that anyone can do to improve their ability to swallow, reduce mouth sores, and make sure their teeth aren’t decaying more rapidly than usual. Read more

Prevent Or Treat Mouth Sores With Prevention Oncology

Prevent Or Treat Mouth Sores With Prevention Oncology Mouth Rinse

Anyone that is diagnosed with cancer and prescribed radiation or chemotherapy is already in the middle of a difficult battle. Every measure should be taken to ensure good health and comfort during this challenging time. Unfortunately, sometimes the very things that we need to do to take care of ourselves, such as ensure we keep our strength up with a healthy diet, can be hampered by the treatments being taken to fight the disease. Read more

Oral Care 360 Alcohol Free Is Perfect For Canker Sores

Prevention Oral Care 360 Alcohol Free Is Perfect For Canker Sores

A canker sore is a type of minor ulcer that can appear within the mouth. It’s not a serious, medically threatening condition, but it can be painful and cause discomfort when it comes to eating. While it’s still not confirmed what the exact cause is of canker sores, stress, tissue injury and even too much acidic food consumption such as oranges, lemons and tomatoes have all been linked with the appearance of canker sores in the mouth. Read more

How To Watch For Oral Mucositis

How To Watch For Oral Mucositis

Under normal conditions, mucositis, a painful, even crippling oral affliction, normally affects people with poor oral health, low body mass index, excessive drinkers/smokers or kidney related illnesses, such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS. But for people that are undergoing chemo or radiation therapy in the throat or mouth region, there’s a strong chance that mucositis will gain a foothold, an unfortunate side-effect of the therapy, as the oral cancer foundation notes. Read more

Signs And Symptoms Of Oral Mucositis

Signs And Symptoms Of Oral Mucositis

If you, or someone you know, is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments, they were most likely warned of the many side effects that come along with this treatment. Of these, oral mucositis is probably the most common complication of cancer treatments, and can lead to several issues, including pain, nutritional problems resulting in an inability to eat properly, and risk of infection due to open sores. Read more

What Prevention Oral Care 360 Can Do For You

What Prevention Oral Care 360 Can Do For You

Those undergoing chemotherapy know all too well that one of the unfortunate side effects of this cancer treatment is excessive dry mouth – also known as Xerostomia – which also can bring with it uncomfortable mouth sores and ulcers. Chemotherapy causes this because it works constantly to slow or stop the rapid production of cancerous cells, and because it doesn’t know the difference, it often attacks the rapidly growing healthy cells in the mouth as well. This prevents healthy cells from being produced properly, and leads to improper healing and painful sores or ulcers in the mouth, which can prevent proper eating and drinking if allowed to get bad enough. Read more

Managing Excessive Dry Mouth

Managing Excessive Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a troubling side effect caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatments on cancer patients. It can be caused by the treatments themselves, or by a combination of treatments alongside things such as medications, or current pre-existing conditions such as dehydration, a fungal infection of the mouth. Treating these conditions as they occur is important to maintaining comfort and a good quality of life during treatments, as they can make simple things such as eating and speaking difficult, and even painful, so it’s important to speak with your doctor as soon as you notice any changes occurring. Read more