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How do I deal with mouth sores caused by cancer treatment?

Sores in the mouth, throat, or esophagus are caused by an inflammation known as mucositis. This occurs in approximately 40% of people on chemotherapy treatments. You can follow these dental/tooth care guidelines at home:
  • Gargling with soluble aspirin or rinsing with saltwater or baking soda
  • Gently brushing teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Gentle flossing
  • Avoiding acidic, spicy, or salty foods

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