Tips for dealing with a dry mouth if you have pancreatic cancer
Some treatments for pancreatic cancer can cause a dry mouth. The tips here may help you deal with this.
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Some treatments for pancreatic cancer can cause a dry mouth. You may find these tips helpful.
- Sip drinks frequently.
- Suck ice cubes or ice lollies.
- Suck sweets or mints, or chew sugar-free chewing gum to increase saliva.
- Make your food moist with sauces, gravy, custard or cream.
- Keep your mouth clean. Brushing your teeth before and after meals might help.
- Use mouthwash regularly. If you have a sore mouth, ask your nurse or dietitian which is the best mouthwash to use.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking.
- Use lip balm to soothe dry lips.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you have a dry mouth. They can check you don’t have any problems with your mouth, such as oral thrush. They can also give you medicines which can help with a dry mouth, such as a mouthwash, gels or tablets.
Updated January 2020
Review date January 2023