Oral Care

Caring for your mouth, teeth and gums is especially important during treatment.


Your dentist is an important member of your healthcare team. Upon your cancer diagnosis and determination of your treatment plan, make a visit to your dentist to ensure you don’t have any cavities or gum irritations.

Depending on your treatment, you may experience sores or a metallic taste in your mouth. There are steps you can take to prevent infections and make your mouth feel better.

  • Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth.
  • You should change your toothbrush every month during treatment.
  • Rinse your mouth several times a day using an alcohol-free mouthwash, a solution of baking soda and water or a weak saltwater mixture to help prevent mouth sores or ease discomfort if they have developed. 
  • Combat a bad taste in your mouth or dry mouth with a fruit-flavoured Popsicle or sugarless hard candy