About Oral Mucositis

What is oral mucositis?

You may have spoken to your doctor about oral mucositis or experienced some of its symptoms. Oral mucositis is a painful complication of xerostomia, or dry mouth, caused by a decreased flow of saliva after radiation and/or chemotherapy. Some of the major functions of saliva include:

  • Helping with digestion, taste, chewing, swallowing, and talking
  • Protecting teeth from decay
  • Protecting the mouth, teeth, and throat from infection caused by bacteria, yeast, and viruses

What causes oral mucositis?

Oral mucositis is a common side effect of cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In fact, the majority of people using these treatments for head and neck cancer will develop the condition.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are designed to destroy the cancer cells in your body. However, they can sometimes affect healthy cells, too. When the healthy cells in your mouth are affected, it can lead to the uncomfortable or painful symptoms of oral mucositis. These symptoms will usually begin 7 to 10 days after beginning a cancer treatment.

What are the signs and symptoms of oral mucositis?

The effects of oral mucositis can be mild at first, but can progress very quickly—even within a few hours. Severe oral mucositis may make it difficult to eat, drink, or swallow.

You may have experienced symptoms related to oral mucositis, including:

  • Pain in your mouth
  • Swelling in your mouth or on your tongue
  • Dry mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • Difficulty eating and drinking
  • Dry, cracked, or bleeding lips
  • Thick saliva or no saliva
  • Redness, white patches, or lesions on the inside of your mouth
  • Fever or other signs of infection

What can I do to manage my symptoms?

Together, you and your doctor can manage oral mucositis. In addition to using an oral rinse, you can also:

  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Avoid spicy, acidic, hard, and hot foods or beverages
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary lozenges and beverages
  • Use mild-flavored toothpastes

Why is it important to address the symptoms of oral mucositis?

Treating your condition effectively can help prevent it from becoming more severe. Severe oral mucositis can cause serious pain or infections, having a major impact on your health and maybe even requiring hospitalization.

Treating oral mucositis adequately involves more than just temporarily soothing the symptoms. Real relief comes from restoring healthy oral conditions and a healthy oral environment.

INDICATIONS

NeutraSal® is indicated for dryness of the mouth (hyposalivation, xerostomia) and dryness of the oral mucosa due to drugs that suppress salivary secretion.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Not intended to prevent xerostomia or oral mucositis.
  • Patients should avoid eating or drinking for at least 15 minutes after use
  • Solution should not be swallowed but be spit out.
  • Not intended for systemic use to treat any diseases of the throat or upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Not intended for use as an antacid
  • No adverse events anticipated if swallowed accidentally
  • Contains sodium; if you are on a low sodium diet consult with your doctor
  • No known interactions with medicinal or other products

Please click here for Instructions for Use.

 

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INDICATIONS

NeutraSal® is indicated for dryness of the mouth (hyposalivation, xerostomia) and dryness of the oral mucosa due to drugs that suppress salivary secretion.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Not intended to prevent xerostomia or oral mucositis.
  • Patients should avoid eating or drinking for at least 15 minutes after use
  • Solution should not be swallowed but be spit out.
  • Not intended for systemic use to treat any diseases of the throat or upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Not intended for use as an antacid
  • No adverse events anticipated if swallowed accidentally
  • Contains sodium; if you are on a low sodium diet consult with your doctor
  • No known interactions with medicinal or other products

Please click here for Instructions for Use.