Oral Mouth Care & Mucositis Treatment

Many cancer treatments can play havoc on your mouth. Chemotherapy, head and neck radiotherapy, and some immunotherapies can all cause mucositis (inflammation and ulceration throughout the gastro-intestinal tract).

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Many cancer treatments can play havoc on your mouth. Chemotherapy, head and neck radiotherapy, and some immunotherapies can all cause mucositis (inflammation and ulceration throughout the gastro-intestinal tract).

Due to the rapid turnover of cells in the oral mucosa tissues, they are especially prone to inflammation leading to Mucositis, which can cause debilitating pain and lead to impaired ability to eat or even drink fluids. Other symptoms include altered taste, difficulty swallowing and speaking, dryness, burning and bleeding. Therefore, it is so important to maintain good oral hygiene from the start of treatment and to address problems sooner rather than later to prevent mouth ulcers and other symptoms of mucositis. If you're unsure about your symptoms, or experiencing mouth problems (such as mouth ulcers, mouth soreness and sensitivity) for the first time, it is always a good idea to be assessed regularly by your health care provider to ensure appropriate management.

For more information from eviQ, a free online cancer treatment resource, click on the following links:

If you are here in Perth, Rokeby Dental Surgery and Implant CentreĀ have a Cancer Support Service, providing mouth care and advice before, during and after cancer treatment. You can contact them directly or via a referral from your oncology team.

HOPEĀ Recommendations

For everyday oral hygiene,Ā Oral7Ā®Ā offer a range of products including mouthwash, toothpaste and gel to help maintain and protect the health of your mouth. Their products are alcohol free (so don't sting or cause dryness) and contain enzymes similar to our saliva which helps to protect the mouth from infection.Ā Denta-Medā„¢Ā also offers a mouth gel and convenient mouth spray, which canĀ comfort and soothe sore and uncomfortable mouths. Using a very soft toothbrush such as theĀ Curasept Specialist Surgical ToothbrushĀ can also help to prevent any further damage to the mouth.

If you are having treatment that has a high risk of mucositis (such as head and neck radiotherapy or high dose chemotherapies), we would also recommend starting a protective agent such asĀ Caphosol Ā® DispersiblesĀ from the outset. Please note, you should always seek regular advice and assessment from your Doctor or medical team and ensure your management is appropriate. For extremely dry mouth conditions (such as when your salivary glands are affected) something like Oral7Ā®Ā Moisturising Dry Mouth Gum, which isĀ pleasant tasting, can enhance saliva flow and relieve dry mouth conditions.Ā 

A good lip moisturiser is also a good idea to nourish and moisturise the skin on our lips as itā€™s thinner than the skin on the rest of our bodies. We like Daisy Cow Lip BalmĀ as it helps to relieve dry lips as well as protect the lips.Ā 

For the management of mucositis, we recommend to continue with the above, but to add in a barrier product such asĀ episilĀ®, anĀ oral liquid spray which can form a coating over the mouth and offer relief and mouth protection for up to 8 hours. Other products are also available at your local pharmacy, such as DifflamĀ®Ā sore throat gargle, or a lignocaine gel to numb the area. Pain medications such as paracetamol can also be useful or consult your health care professional if you think you may need stronger relief. Antifungal treatments (available in pharmacies) may also be required sometimes, speak to your doctor if you think you may be developing oral thrush.

If you are having treatment with a chemotherapy agent, there is also international guidelines suggesting the use of cryotherapy (or sucking on ice) to help prevent mouth ulcers and other symptoms associated with oral mucositis. Many chemotherapy units will have ice blocks on hand, however, HydralyteĀ®iceĀ blocksĀ are also a good option to have on hand in the freezer around treatment days, as a bonus they keep you well hydrated!

Also think of aĀ zincĀ supplement.Ā Zinc plays an important role in tissue development, wound healing and repair, and features in international guidelinesĀ toĀ preventĀ oral mucositis in oral cancer patients receiving radiation therapy or chemoradiation.

Oral Care Package: FAQs

Do your mouthcare products contain alcohol?

No, all our products are alcohol free and gentle on the mouth to treat and prevent mouth ulcers and soreness.

Do you have products to help prevent mouth ulcers and mucositis?

Yes, we have a range of specialised products including Oral 7,Ā and Denta-Med that can be used daily for general mouth hygiene and prevention, as well as more specialised products such asĀ episilĀ®Ā which can be used as a mouth - coating agent when suffering from mucositis.

Do your mouthcare products contain sugar?

No, all our products are sugar-free.

Get in touch

If you need further advice on oral mucositis treatments or any of the products available in our gift packs, feel free to contact us via email at info@hopecancercare.com.au or speak to your treating medical team.