Tips if you have a dry mouth
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.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you have a dry mouth. They can check there are no 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, spray, gels or tablets.
- Sip drinks frequently.
- Suck ice cubes or lollies. Some nutritional supplements come as a fruit juice, which can be frozen into ice cubes or ice lollies.
- Suck sweets or mints, or chew sugar-free chewing gum to increase saliva.
- Have food with sauces, gravy, custard or cream.
- Keep your mouth clean. Brushing your teeth before and after meals might help.
- Use mouthwash regularly. If your mouth is sore, ask your dietitian which one to use.
- Use lip balm to soothe dry lips.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking.
- Ask your doctor, nurse or dietitian about treatments for a dry mouth.
Updated March 2023
Review date March 2025