SIMPLE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR HEALTHY ORAL HYGIENE

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  • Perform oral hygiene at least four times daily, after each meal and before bedtime
  • Rinse and wipe oral cavity immediately after meals.
  • Brush and rinse dentures after meals.
  • Use only toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Keep water handy to moisten the mouth at all times.
  • Apply prescription-strength fluoride gel at bedtime as prescribed.
  • Rinse with a salt and baking soda solution four to six times daily.
  • Avoid citrus juices (orange, grapefruit, tomato).
  • Avoid liquids and foods with high sugar content.
  • Avoid rinses containing alcohol. Use moisturizer regularly on the lips.
  • Try salivary substitutes or artificial saliva preparations, which may relieve discomfort by temporarily wetting the mouth and replacing some of the constituents of saliva.
  • Use oral pilocarpine as prescribed.

Source: http://www.oncolink.org

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