Tips on Coping With a Dry Mouth

(Information extracted from Julie C.  (2009). Eating well: A practical guide for people living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.  Lilian D, (Ed.). Australia: Leukaemia Foundation.)

Some cancer treatments affect the production of saliva, which can cause a dry mouth.

  • Increase the amount of fluids you drink each day
  • Avoid dry food – you may need to add extra sauce or gravy to moisten dishes
  • Rinse your mouth with water or a recommended solution after food or as necessary to help stimulate saliva production

To help stimulate saliva production:

  • Rinse your mouth with cold water regularly
  • Suck hard sugar free lollies (or soft jellies if your mouth is sore), or chew gum

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