Dry mouth is very common following radiotherapy to the mouth and throat. It can make it more difficult to chew, swallow and speak. A dry mouth makes keeping your teeth and mouth clean much more difficult.
There are several things you can try such as artifical saliva - pastilles to suck or a spray. Patients preference differs so you might want to try several - just ask. Some patients find a bottle of water the best solution. There are tablets you can take that try to make your body make more saliva but these are not used very often.
Please be very very careful about your teeth. Saliva protects the teeth and if you have sugary drinks the teeth will rot.
Please discuss the issue of dry mouth wth your own dentist or with Mr Butterworth, our specialist Consultant Restorative Dental Surgeon can advise you and it might be that you should see our hygienist.
Ask about 'Oramoist mouth-moistening spray and lozenges', 'Saliva Orthana', Glandosane (this is acidic and should be used with caution if you have teeth).
- Oramoist by Periproducts
- A.S Saliva Orthana 50ml spray (with fluoride, PH neutral) by AS Pharma
- A.S Saliva Orthana Mint mouth lozenges 2 X 15 pack by AS Pharma
- Biotene Oral Gel
The Mouths Made Good website has been created for anyone who wants to know more about oral mucositis.